Many former Trump associates have publicly refused to comply with the Biden administration’s demand.
The White House said on Wednesday that the U.S. administration had asked 18 members of the advisory boards of military academies appointed by former President Donald Trump to resign, as President Joe Biden demands that the values of these officials “correspond to the values of the current administration.”
The corresponding proposal was received by 18 people – six people each in the advisory boards of the Air Force Academy, the Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy, the White House said.
The members of the advisory councils provide the President with advice and recommendations on issues related to morale, discipline, curriculum, financial issues, and academic methods used in academies.
The White House also said that if these people do not give up their posts voluntarily, they will be dismissed by order.
The request to resign, among others, was received by Kellyanne Conway, a former adviser to Donald Trump, and Sean Spicer, who worked as the head of the White House press service.
“I will let other people make a judgment about whether they think that Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and others are appropriate the positions they hold in these councils, ” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said today, answering a question from reporters about the administration’s request.
“The qualification requirements imposed by the president are not related to party affiliation. They are whether you have the right to be in this post and whether you agree with the values of this administration,” Psaki said.
Kellyanne Conway publicly refused to resign on Twitter, turning to President Biden with a counter-offer to resign from her post.
“I will not resign, but you must,” Conway wrote, addressing the U.S. president.
Spicer, who serves on the Advisory Board of the Naval Academy, said Wednesday on his nightly show on the Newsmax television channel that he also refuses to resign.
“I will not submit my resignation, and I will join the lawsuit to challenge this decision,” Spicer said.
The former head of the budget office of the Trump administration – Russ Vought – also refused to leave, recalling that he was appointed to his post for a period of three years.