WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Wednesday rescinded 18 allies of Donald Trump who had been on the board of the U.S. military academies during the final months of his Republican presidency.
Cathy Russell, the director of the White House Presidential Office of Personnel, sent a letter to the 18 people named on the guest panels of the Air Force Academy, Military Academy and Naval Academy urging them to step down before the end of the year. Finish work on Wednesday or the contract will be terminated. .
Among those Biden sought to remove were several former senior Trump administration officials, including White House adviser Kellyanne Conway (Air Force Academy), press secretary Sean Spicer (Naval Academy). , national security adviser HR McMaster (U.S. Military Academy) and Office of the Director of Management and Budget Russell Vought (Naval Academy).
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that former Trump officials have been asked to resign or face firing. It was not immediately clear if any of those asked to bid on their resignations would do so by the 6 p.m. EST deadline set by the White House.
“I will let others judge whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others are qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards,” Psaki said. “But the requirements for presidential status are not about registering your party. It’s about whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you fit the values of this administration. “
Some of those called to resign were pushed back.
Conway nodded at Biden, “I’m not resigning, but you should.” She went on to claim that this was a “disappointing but understandable” attempt to distract from the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the rise in COVID cases and a disappointing jobs report on Wednesday. August.
Vought on Twitter posted the letter he received from Russell and replied: “No. It’s a three-year deadline.”
Jonathan Hiler, a Naval Academy alum who served as Vice President Mike Pence’s director of legislative affairs, said he was “not resigning”.
“As a former naval officer and former naval officer, I believe that developing leaders capable of defending our nation’s interests at sea – the USNA’s mission – is not something that matters. should be consumed by partisan politics. Obviously, President Biden feels differently. @WhiteHouse,” Hiler posted on Twitter.
Spicer, who now works for conservative news channel Newsmax, in his own social media post criticized Biden for trying to weed out Trump appointees “instead of focusing on the Americans.” trapped left in Afghanistan.”