The president will nominate retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite to lead the Navy and Marine Corps, the White House announced Friday -- about a month after reports emerged that the ambassador could have undisclosed ties to the scandal-tinged political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
In a November tweet, President Trump announced his original nomination of Braithwaite, saying “Ambassador to Norway Ken Braithwaite will be nominated by me to be the new Secretary of the Navy. A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!"
....honors that he has earned, including his Trident Pin. Admiral and now Ambassador to Norway Ken Braithwaite will be nominated by me to be the new Secretary of the Navy. A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2019
Trump formally taps Kenneth Braithwaite to be next Navy secretary https://t.co/yO65xybpVv— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) February 28, 2020
Kenneth Braithwaite's last position in the @USNavy was as its vice chief of information and deployed as part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as the commanding officer of Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic [Reserve]. https://t.co/55QnkWjReK— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) February 29, 2020