So much for being a “Unifier in Chief”. Through his executive assistant and director of personnel, President Joe Biden sent letters to 18 former Trump administration staff who now sit on military advisory boards. Biden gave them an ultimatum: resign, or be fired.
Biden is firing distinguished veterans like H.R. McMaster and Jack Keane from independent oversight roles at the service academies.
This is an unprecedented political purge.
And another broken promise from Joe Biden.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 9, 2021
This did not sit well with most of them. Kellyanne Conway, former advisor to President Donald Trump, pretty much told Biden to go pound sand.
The Biden administration on Wednesday told Kellyanne Conway, a former senior counselor in the Trump White House, that she would be fired if she didn’t step down from an advisory panel she sits on at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Mrs. Conway declined the suggestion.
President Biden, I'm not resigning, but you should. pic.twitter.com/HuRYM4bLYP
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 8, 2021
Jonathan D. Hiler also pushed back.
I am not resigning. As an alum and former naval officer, I believe developing leaders capable of defending our country's interests at sea–USNA's mission–is not something that should be consumed by partisan politics. Apparently, President Biden feels differently. @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/fmtRGbBnQg
— J. Hiler (@jHiler) September 8, 2021
Former White House Press Secretary under Trump Sean Spicer is threatening legal action:
BREAKING: As the Biden administration attempts to remove Trump appointees from their Military Academy boards, @seanspicer calls out White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and announces he will take legal action against the decision. pic.twitter.com/bPgLlJhFzK
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 8, 2021
Spicer also blasted White House Press Secy Jen Psaki for crossing the line and commenting on whether Spicer is qualified. Psaki also made a telling comment about appointing people to the advisory boards that “hold your values”.
"Don't you dare ever minimize or question my service to this nation. You got it?"@seanspicer, who has served under 5 presidents in both parties, calls out WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki after she name-dropped him in regards to attempts to remove him from the Naval Academy board. pic.twitter.com/m6SAdYVkF6
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 8, 2021
The White House is purging anyone appointed by former President Trump who sits on a Board of Visitors at one of the nation’s service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In her letter to Mr. Biden, Mrs. Conway said the move is a break from presidential norms. Members are usually appointed for three-year terms and some Obama administration holdovers were still serving into the Trump years, she said.
“It certainly seems petty and political, if not personal,” Mrs. Conway wrote. “Our service academies will risk being further politicized and polarized.”
Today, all previously appointed Presidential appointees to the West Point Board of Visitors were asked to resign or be terminated by end of day. My response to that request is below: pic.twitter.com/k7u3cRkwyO
— Meaghan Mobbs (@mobbs_mentality) September 8, 2021
General Jack Keane took to Fox Business to lodge his complaint against Biden’s move, and explain his resistance.
“I’m not resigned, and I think as of last night, I like others who did not resign are terminated. I mean, it’s pretty frustrating what’s happening here,” Keane explained.
After being appointed to the board by President Trump in 2019, Gen. Keane joined former President Obama appointees, a move that he said “strengthened the board.”
“I thought the board was excellent,” Keane said. “Having appointees from two administrations working together for the interests of that one institution. And I think, you know, President Biden, to use a military term, is kind of taking a hand grenade to that and just blew it up, unfortunately,” he added.
Biden did the same strong arm move at the beginning of his administration, essentially removing National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb, who only had 10 months left of his tenure, and replacing him with acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr. Ohr is a Democrat loyalists who was active in the Regional Labor Relations Board offices in Hawaii during the Obama administration. This firing has raised eyebrows, and the National Right to Work Foundation has been investigating.
So have these ones. Why at this time did the administration feel the need to so unceremoniously oust the Trump loyalists?
I’m sure the entire omelette on the face of his administration because of his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the Americans left behind might have something to do with it. Former President Donald J. Trump has been anything but silent about the plans he set in place for the withdrawal when he was president, and how the Biden administration and his generals have botched it.
Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost. If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it. Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!
Trump went even further, releasing the ad: “Surrender-In-Chief”, laying out the reality of what Trump put in place, and what Biden did, or did not do, with it.
Individuals who have been loyal to Trump, no matter how qualified they might be, are a stark contrast to the lack of experience, the empty loyalty, and the inept performance of the current administration. Their presence, even on military boards, is a condemnation and a reminder that Biden is a failure.
Pure and simple.
Just a friendly reminder that virtually everyone in important posts in the Biden administration were in similar posts under Obama. The difference was their mistakes were small enough that the press could cover for them. This is Benghazi 2.0 times 1,000.
— Jim Wilson (@JimJwbubba) August 24, 2021