Retired army general Anthony Tata, nominated to become the undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, will officially perform the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy after failing to secure a Senate confirmation hearing.
Nevertheless, Tata, in theory, would still have some influence on hot-button Pentagon policy matters, potentially those pertaining to Iran.
Tata accused former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama of engaging in "borderline treasonous" behavior, during the transition period, by expressing their dismay over a Trump presidency.
He called Obama a “Muslim" and “a terrorist leader.”
Tata has also described Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an African American, as a “race-baiting racist,” according to now-deleted Twitter posts Reuters has seen.