Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Can this team pull together? A big meeting of conservative activists exposes the tenuous alliance between President Donald Trump, an unorthodox Republican, and the ideological movement that helped elect him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy is withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

The nominee, Philip Bilden, is a businessman and former military intelligence officer in the Army Reserve.

In a statement, Bilden says he has determined that he will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without what he calls “undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.”

Bilden recently retired from a global private equity management firm, HarbourVest Partners LLC, after 25 years.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says in a statement that Bilden informed him of the decision. Mattis says he will make a recommendation to Trump for a nominee in the coming days.

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