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Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Mr. Philip Bilden Withdrawal from Consideration as Secretary of the Navy Nominee

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Release No: NR-080-17
Feb. 26, 2017

Mr. Philip Bilden has informed me that he has come to the difficult decision to withdraw from consideration to be secretary of the Navy. This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests. While I am disappointed, I understand and his respect his decision, and know that he will continue to support our nation in other ways. In the coming days I will make a recommendation to President Trump for a leader who can guide our Navy and Marine Corps team as we execute the president's vision to rebuild our military.