On Wednesday, White House secretary, Jen Psaki, confirmed that the Biden Administration asked 18 military academy board members appointed by the Trump Administration to resign or be fired. Cathy Russell, the White House Personnel Office director, sent letters to the 18 personnel who formed parts of the board of visitors for Air Force Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy. They were asked to resign by the end of the day on Wednesday or face firing. It is unknown if all 18 people resigned by the deadline.
Psaki cited the motivation for their removal to be due to the appointees’ lack of qualifications and different values, not politics. The removal of these officials follows the restart of the Pentagon’s other advisory boards. Hundreds of appointees were removed from those boards in February.
The officials asked to step down include: former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, the former senior counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, and former national security advisor, H.R. McMaster. All of these people were essential members of the Trump Administration. Additionally, Michael Wynn (appointed to the board of the Air Force Academy), Meaghan Mobbs, retired General John Keane, and David Urban (appointed to the board of West point) made up some of the 18 people. Trump’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, was also asked to resign.
Vought was amongst the people who refused to resign. He took to Twitter to share a picture of the resignation letter along with his comment, “No. It’s a three-year term.” Vought’s position was confirmed during the summer of 2020. Sean Spicer and Johnathon Hiler also criticized President Biden on their respective social media accounts regarding the resignation requests.
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