Donald Trump has decided to continue to support retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, who is his nominee for the Pentagon’s top policy job. He continues his support despite lawmakers canceling Tata’s confirmation hearing on Thursday because of “serious questions” about his fitness for the post. Those questions include tweets calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”
On Friday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked if Trump still backed Tata.
“The president still supports General Tata,” McEnany stated.
McEnany was then pressed on whether Trump would consider installing Tata in a different role in the Pentagon in an acting role and McEnany refused to answer the question.
“I have no personnel announcements other than to say that the president still supports him,” McEnany said.
Reportedly officials in the White House officials discussed the possibility of installing Tata in a different position in an acting capacity.
Tata’s nomination for the position of undersecretary of defense for policy took a turn on Thursday when the Senate Armed Services Committee canceled his confirmation hearing minutes just moments before it was scheduled to start.
In recent weeks, Tata came under fire for the Obama tweet as well as for referring to Islam as the “most oppressive violent religion I know of.”
Tata would later delete the controversial tweets and state that he regretted making them.
On Thursday, Committee Chair Sen. Jim Inhofe said that many lawmakers still don’t know enough about Tata to consider him for the position. He then added that the committee did not get certain required documents on time.
“As I told the President last night, we’re simply out of time with the August recess coming, so it wouldn’t serve any useful purpose to have a hearing at this point, and he agreed,” Inhofe said.
On Thursday, Sen. Jack Reed said that “members on both sides of the aisle have raised serious questions about this nominee.”