Part of a President’s job is appointing nominees to a number of important positions. Donald Trump has had a number of his appointees become embroiled in controversy and resign their posts. The most recent was Patrick Shanahan who pulled himself from consideration to be Defense Secretary due to family issues.
This weekend, Trump lost another nominee in Admiral William Moran who was set to become the highest ranking officer in the Navy. Moran, citing a bad decision over a professional relationship, chose to retire rather than taking the post.
Admiral Moran had been confirmed for the position by the Senate back in May. In a written statement, Moran wrote, “As painful as it is to submit my request to retire, I will not be an impediment whatsoever to the important service that you and your families continue to render the nation every day.”
His letter was received by Richard Spencer who serves as the Navy Secretary. The Navy will now move to find a new successor for the departing chief of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson.
Spencer wrote in a statement, “Adm. Bill Moran recently brought to my attention that over the past two years he maintained a professional relationship with an individual who was held accountable and counseled for failing to meet the values and standards of the Naval profession. While I admire his faithful service and commitment to the Navy, this decision on his part to maintain that relationship has caused me to call his judgment into question. Therefore, today I accepted Adm. Moran’s request to retire.”