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Biden Administration Tells 11 Ex-Trump Officials to Resign From Military Academy Panels or Be Fired

The Biden administration has told 11 officials appointed to military service academy advisory boards by Donald Trump to resign or be dismissed, CNN is reporting.

The officials asked to resign include prominent former Trump officials like former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, former Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. They were appointed to the advisory boards of the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and West Point respectively. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday afternoon confirmed the request had been made. “The President’s objective is what any president’s objective is — to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with your values. And so yes, that was an ask that was made,” Psaki told reporters at a White House briefing.

Kellyanne Conway on Trump transition to Biden
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Other more prominent names include ​​Heidi Stirrup, the former White House liaison to the Justice Department who was banned from entering the building after she attempted to access sensitive information about possible election fraud in December 2020, and retired Col. Douglas Macgregor, a former ambassador pick and Pentagon official with a history of controversial comments. The duo was appointed to the boards of the Air Force Academy and West Point.

Also asked to resign are Michael Wynne, who was appointed to the board of the Air Force Academy; retired Gen. John Keane, Meaghan Mobbs, and David Urban appointed to the board of West Point; and John Coale and Russell Vought, Trump’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, appointed to the Naval Academy’s board. Kellyanne Conway tweeted her response to the President and immediately began getting hammered in her responses

The military academy advisory boards, according to the Air Force Academy website, were established to oversee the “morale, discipline, social climate, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters” relating to the nation’s military academies. The board for each academy meets several times a year and its members provide independent advice and recommendations to the President. The dismissal of Trump officials from the military advisory boards comes after the Pentagon has recently restarted its other advisory boards after removing hundreds of appointees from other boards in February. In November, just months ahead of when he was set to leave office, Trump dismissed several longstanding members of the Defense Policy Board ahead of their terms being up.

The members typically serve out three-year terms. Trump appointee Russell Vought, has signaled he will not resign. “No. It’s a three year term,” Vought tweeted, attaching an image of the letter requesting his resignation.

 

Others are responding in their own ways. Spicer said he intends to respond to the resignation demand on his show. Wynne told CNN “it was an honor to be on the board,” and said he was disappointed he wasn’t asked to remain on the board. “Very disappointed to see the Biden administration not honor a previous president’s appointment to the board of visitors, which has been the tradition for years,” Keane told CNN.

Meghan Mobbs also tweeted that she would not be resigning.



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