Trump standing by Pentagon nominee under fire for Islamophobic tweets
published 31.07.2020 14:09
White House officials have discussed the possibility of installing Tata, who has been a senior adviser to Defense Secretary Mark Esper since earlier this year, in a different position in an acting capacity.
Tata's nomination to be undersecretary of defense for policy took a turn on Thursday when the Senate Armed Services Committee canceled his confirmation hearing minutes before it was supposed to begin.
Tata has come under fire in recent months for the Obama tweet and for referring to Islam as the "most oppressive violent religion I know of," among other controversial statements.
Committee Chair Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a Thursday statement that many lawmakers still don't know enough about Tata to consider him for the position, adding that the committee didn't get certain required documents in time.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee's top Democrat, said in a Thursday statement that "members on both sides of the aisle have raised serious questions about this nominee."