Jim Mattis: Candidates still being considered for Army secretary

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that the administration is still considering multiple candidates for Army secretary following the withdrawal of two of President Trump’s prior picks.

“We do have, let me say, plural candidates, and I’d rather let that one be announced by the president and the clerk of the Senate rather than getting out in front of them,” Mattis said at the Pentagon. “We’ve done our due diligence, yes.”

The Army secretary position is one of the top appointed military positions that has not been filled yet by Trump, and unlike positions such as the Navy secretary and deputy defense secretary, there has been no new candidate publicly announced.

Two prior Army secretary candidates have withdrawn. Businessman Vincent Viola stepped aside in February after he was unable to untangle his finances and meet ethics requirements.

Trump then chose Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green, who withdrew in May following fierce public blowback over his past statements on gay marriage, transgender rights and Islam.

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