(RepublicanPress.org) – When the citizens of the United States elect a president, the new leader typically starts their term by addressing pressing issues and surrounding themselves with a supportive staff. That may or may not include dismissing appointments made by the previous president if their views don’t align with the current administration.
That’s precisely what President Joe Biden did on September 8, when his staff sent letters to 11 military service academy advisory board members asking them to resign or suffer termination from their positions. Although he didn’t offer any direct explanation, White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered a bit of insight into the decision. However, Republicans are not happy about it and some are fighting back.
The President’s Position
The president has the power to appoint whoever they see fit to the advisory positions, and historically, they serve for three years. The board members who Biden asked to resign include Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and retired Army Lt. General HR McMaster. They received their assignments from former President Donald Trump and wanted to serve their full terms to continue advising on military academy matters.
The White House press secretary said the 11 people asked to resign from their positions didn’t align with the current president’s ideological beliefs. Further, Biden questioned their qualifications to hold their positions at all, which is odd, considering McMaster is a decorated veteran. Psaki also stated the administration is “confident” enough to stand up against any legal backlash, saying, “No one is looking to have a battle.” She insisted Biden simply wants to fill the positions with advisors he trusts will represent his views and possess the qualifications he feels they need to do the job.
The group is not going silently into the night, though. A few of them took to social media and other outlets to air their defiance. Former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway reacted with a tweet stating, “President Biden, I’m not resigning, but you should.” She accused the president of using his position to distract from his low approval numbers, rise in COVID-19 cases, and the withdrawal fumble in Afghanistan.
Former director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought plainly tweeted, “No. It’s a three-year term.” Newsmax host Sean Spicer took his actions a bit further by stating his refusal to resign and threatening a lawsuit against the president.
It looks like the Biden administration could be headed to court — again.
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