President Trump’s pick to become U.S. Army secretary withdrew from consideration Friday amid growing opposition to his comments about Muslims and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Mark E. Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, former Army physician and West Point graduate, said in a statement he was making the decision with “deep regret” but had to do so because “false and misleading attacks against” him had made his nomination a “distraction.”
"Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain," he said.
The White House has fired Angella Reid, the first woman and second African American to hold the position of chief usher, the person who serves as the general manager of the building and the residential staff.
A Navy SEAL was killed and two others were wounded during a raid targeting a remote compound used by Shabab militants in Somalia, U.S. defense officials said Friday.
The SEAL, who was not publicly identified, is the first U.S. service member killed in combat in Somalia since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" battle in 1993 that left 18 U.S. military personnel dead, according to the Pentagon.
Officials said the U.S. force was accompanying Somali National Army soldiers during an assault on a Shabab compound near Barij, about 40 miles west of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, when they came under attack before dawn Friday.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that he said would protect politically active churches from losing their tax-exempt status. But, as has repeatedly been true during his young administration, the actual provisions of the order proved more modest than his words.
“For too long the federal government has used the state as a weapon against people of faith,” Trump said to an audience of conservative religious leaders in the White House Rose Garden.
The order was aimed at fulfilling Trump's campaign promise to “totally destroy” a federal law that prohibits churches from actively supporting political candidates.
Stephen Jaffe entered the cafe with a small grin, a riotous print shirt and the blithe confidence of someone who doesn’t much care if people think he’s crazy.
The 71-year-old employment attorney, a political novice, was one of many Democrats swept up in the fist-shaking presidential crusade of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Thus inspired, he’s now fixed his sights on winning a seat in Congress.