WASHINGTON – According to the White House, the Biden administration on Wednesday cancelled the 18 U.S. Military Academy board members appointed by Donald Trump during the final months of the Republican presidency.
The Director of the White House Office of Personnel, Cathy Russell, wrote to 18 members of the Air Force Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy Visiting Committee, calling on them to resign before leaving get off work on Wednesday or face dismissal.
Among those who have been expelled from Biden are some high-profile Trump administration officials, including White House adviser Kelly Ann Conway (Air Force Academy), Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Naval Academy), National Security Advisor Human Resources McMaster (Military Academy) and Russell Water, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Naval Academy).
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that former Trump officials were asked to resign or face dismissal. It is not clear whether anyone has resigned before the 6 pm deadline set by the White House.
“I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others are qualified or not qualified to serve on these boards,” Psaki said. “But the president’s eligibility requirements are not your political party registration. They are whether you are eligible to serve and whether you meet the values of this administration.”
Some people who asked to resign met opposition. Conway slammed Biden and said: “I will not resign, but you should resign.” She continued in a statement that this was a “disappointing but understandable” effort aimed at distracting the United States from Afghanistan. Attention in the chaotic withdrawal of troops, the increase in COVID-19 cases and the disappointing August employment report.
Walter tweeted the letter he received from Russell and replied: “No. This is a three-year term.”
Jonathan Shearer, a Naval Academy alumnus who served as Vice President Mike Pence’s Director of Legislative Affairs, said he “will not resign.”
“As an alumnus and former naval officer, I believe that developing leaders who can defend our national interests at sea—the mission of the U.S. Navy—should not be consumed by partisan politics. Obviously, President Biden feels differently. @WhiteHouse ,” Hiller tweeted.
Spicer, who works for the conservative news channel Newsmax, criticized Biden in his own social media posts for trying to terminate Trump’s appointment instead of “focusing on stranded Americans staying in #Afghanistan.”
Later on Newsmax, Spicer accused Psaki of minimizing his military service and the military service of other veterans appointed by Trump. He said he intends to take legal action against this decision.