While President Trump has been able to fill his key cabinet positions, as he gets down the food chain it appears there are a few bumps in the road.
Just last week Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Army, Vincent Viola, pulled himself out of the running for the position, citing difficulty in separating himself from his various business holdings.
Viola is the billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team and founder of Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm. Viola graduated from West Point, then served with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell after completing Officer Basic Training and Ranger School.
After Viola pulled out, Politico reported that Van Hipp was next in the running. Hipp is a U.S Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. He’s a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and currently heads a DC-based consulting firm. He also previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army.
But he has also said thanks, but no thanks.Per The Hill, Hipp said “personal and professional commitments” would not allow him to take the job. He did not elaborate on the nature of the those commitments. “I support President Trump and his leadership 100 percent, but unfortunately the timing would not be right for my family and me due to personal and professional commitments,” Hipp told Politico.
The Army secretary, not a Cabinet-level position, works under the purview of the secretary of defense to oversee the Army.
Whatcha think? When you lose two in a row, it does make you wonder what the issues are…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]