Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a
Democrat from New York, on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump
to withdraw the nomination of Mark Green as Army Secretary.
“I will oppose Mr. Green’s
nomination and urge all my colleagues – Republicans and Democrats
alike – in the Senate to do so as well,” Schumer said in a
statement. “If President Trump is serious about his pledge to be a
president for all Americans, he should abandon consideration of Mr.
Green for this position and nominate someone who can faithfully lead
and represent all members of the United States Army.”
As a Tennessee state lawmaker, Green
spearheaded legislation similar to North Carolina's House Bill 2.
One bill sought to prohibit cities from enacting LGBT protections,
while another barred transgender students from using the bathroom of
He's also made derogatory comments
toward transgender people. At a town hall last year, he called
transgenderism a “disease.” He's also called transgender people
Green, Trump's pick for Army secretary, says transgender people are
Schumer noted Green's anti-LGBT record,
as well as other views on minorities, in calling for his colleagues
to reject his appointment as Army Secretary.
“While I deeply appreciate and
applaud his record of service to this nation, I feel that Mr. Green’s
intolerant, extreme and deeply disturbing views, and disparaging
comments toward the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Latinos and other
groups of Americans – all of whom play important roles in the Army
and in our country – are dangerous to morale, cohesion and
readiness of our Armed Services and the fabric of America,” Schumer
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Green's
nomination appears to be in “serious jeopardy” as Senators from
both sides of the aisle have expressed opposition to the nominee.