- Anthony Tata, the President's candidate for a senior position in the Department of Defense, had abruptly canceled his confirmation hearing.
- Republican lawmakers have reportedly been reluctant to nominate Tata, who mistakenly referred to President Barack Obama as a Muslim and called him a "terrorist leader."
- Tata also characterized Islam as the "most depressing violent religion I know".
- "There are many Democrats and Republicans who didn't know enough about Anthony Tata to think he was a very important position at the time," said a GOP senator in a statement.
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Anthony Tata, the President's candidate for a senior position in the Department of Defense, was abruptly struck off the Senate schedule on Thursday morning, confirming the idea that Republicans were reluctant to advance a controversial figure.
Tata, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general and a regular Fox News guest, has been appointed Under-Secretary of Defense, a senior position in the Department of Defense currently occupied by James Anderson in an acting capacity.
Republican lawmakers were reluctant to appoint the general following the first request from the Senate Armed Forces Committee to Tata discovered President Barack Obama incorrectly referred to Twitter as a Muslim and referred to him as a "terrorist leader".
Tata also described Islam in previous tweets as "the most depressing violent religion I know." He later apologized for his anti-Islamic statements and added that they were "completely atypical".
"However, my regret has nothing to do with my appointment as Under Secretary of State for Policy Defense," he said in a statement The hill. "I have a life-long leadership role in the civil service and a squad of soldiers, seafarers, airmen, marines, and civil mentors and protégés, which I have been disappointed by these comments."
The confirmation hearing, scheduled for Thursday morning, was canceled after the Armed Forces Committee chairman, Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe, and the White House found that they did not have the votes required to enforce the nomination, an unnamed Defense official told The Washington Post.
"There are many Democrats and Republicans who did not know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him a very important position at the time," said Inhofe in a statement.
Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed, senior member of the Armed Forces Committee, said Inhofe "was doing the right thing here, and it is clear that this nomination will go nowhere without a full, fair, and open hearing."
The White House is also expected to completely revoke Tata's nomination, officials informed with knowledge of the Post's process, adding that there is still a possibility that Trump will move Tata to a different position as an actor. A source from the Senate also told CNN that the White House intended to nominate Tata.