A United States Senate committee abruptly cancelled a confirmation hearing on Thursday for retired Army Brigadier General Anthony Tata to be the Pentagon’s undersecretary for policy after a furore erupted over offensive remarks he made about Islam and other inflammatory comments.
Tata’s nomination was already under criticism from Senate Democrats, who sent a letter to him this week calling on him to withdraw.
Tata, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and a conservative commentator for the Fox News television outlet, has been working in the US Department of Defense as a senior adviser to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Cancellation of Tata’s confirmation hearing, a Washington ritual for presidential political appointees, now puts in question whether his nomination would be withdrawn by the White House.
According to media reports, Tata had posted tweets in 2018 calling Islam the “most oppressive violent religion I know of”, and he called former President Barack Obama a…