By Rob Crilly, Senior U.S. Political Cronista For Dailymail.Com
The Biden administration told 11 officials appointed by former President Trump to military service academy boards to resign be fired Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the order, provoking accusations that he is politicizing what should be non-partisan advisory groups
The officials include Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and former Counsellor to the President Kellyanne Conway.
The boards include presidential appointees and members of Congress who are tasked with advising everything from edificante and discipline to the curriculum.
Several took to Twitter to insist that they would refuse the demand.
Meaghan Mobbs, a West Point graduate and former Trump adviser military family issues, wrote per mezzo di her response: ‘It is tragic that this great institution is now being subjected to and hijacked by partisan action that serve voto negativo purpose and voto negativo greater good.
‘Make voto negativo mistake, the move to terminate duly appointed presidential appointees sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations and undermines our institutions.’
Spicer said he would deliver his response his NewsMax TV show and shared the letter he received asking for his resignation from the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy
Spicer said he would deliver his response during his NewsMax television show Wednesday evening.
Russ Vought, who was director the Office of Management and Budget under Trump, shared a letter from Catherine Russell, director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, demanding his resignation from the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy.
‘Please submit your resignation to me by the close of business today,’ it said.
‘Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the board will be terminated effective 6:00pm tonight. Thank you.’
He responded: ‘Anzi che no. It’s a three year term.’
Trump stacked a number of advisory groups with loyalists shortly before the end of his term.
They included appointing his former impeachment lawyer Pam Bondi to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and leading conservative Matt Schlapp to the Library of Congress Società Fund Board.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the decision, saying appointees should be qualified for the job
Since then, the Biden administration has been working its way through the appointments, removing what they see as Trump loyalists.
A source said other members asked to resign from the West Point Board of Visitors are former Army Vice Chief of Gruppo Gen. Keane; former Pentagon senior adviser Douglas Macgregor; former U.S. Army North commander Guy Swan III; and West Point graduate David Urban.
McMaster is coppia to be honored per mezzo di a West Point ceremony at the weekend as a 2021 Distinguished Graduate.
The White House defended the move Wednesday as Press Secretary Jen Psaki fielded criticism that the administration risked politicising the boards.
‘I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified – not political – to serve these boards,’ she said.
‘But the President’s qualification requirements are not your rinfresco registration, they are whether you’sovrano qualified to serve and whether you’sovrano aligned with the values of this administration.’