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President Trump's second nominee for Army Secretary withdraws






Authorities in North Dakota can be seen dismantling a new #NoDAPL site, dubbed the Last Child Camp, on February 1, 2017. Photo: Redhawk / Standing Rock Rising

The Secretary of the Army -- an official with authority over the Dakota Access Pipeline -- remains unfilled after the second nominee for the job dropped out.

Mark Green, a veteran of the war in Iraq, came under fire for past remarks about the LGBT community, people of the Muslim faith and other groups, according to news reports.. Even Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, voiced concerns but Green said he was the victim of "false and misleading attacks."

President Donald Trump nominated Green after billionaire Vincent Viola withdrew his name in February. According to news reports, Viola was having trouble divesting his financial interests prior to joining the administration.

The "acting" Secretary of the Army is Robert M. Speer. On February 7, he announced the decision to approve the final portion of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline over the objections of affected tribes.

The pipeline is now complete and the wealthy backers of the project announced May 14 as the first possible date of service is May 14. But a spokesperson told the Associated Press that it should be fully operational until June 1.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe are still hoping they can prevent oil from flowing as part of an ongoing lawsuit in federal court. They have motions pending in court to set aside the Trump administration's approval.

The final portion crosses federally-managed land less than a half-mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

Read More on the Story:
Mark Green withdraws as Trump’s Army secretary nominee, citing ‘false and misleading attacks’ (The Washington Post 5/5)
Trump's Army secretary nominee withdraws over gay comments (USA Today 5/5)
Retired officers: Army secretary nominee 'unfit to serve' (The Hill 5/5)
Trump’s 2nd Nominee for Army Secretary Withdraws (The New York Times 5/5)

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