The White House has reached out to several former Trump administration officials to ask for their resignations from various advisory boards to which former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE appointed them at the end of his term.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden injects new momentum into filibuster fight White House: Biden drove by border on 2008 campaign trip Red Cross says Afghan humanitarian crisis too big for aid groups to handle alone MORE confirmed to reporters at a briefing that officials asked for Trump appointees to resign from the advisory boards for the Air Force Academy, West Point and the Naval Academy, positions that come with multiyear terms and typically span across administrations.
Trump, in his final weeks in office, stocked the advisory boards with loyalists such as former counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE, former press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerJohn Legend, Chrissy Teigen troll Sean Spicer Biden administration competency doubts increase Overnight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House MORE, former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface MORE and former budget director Russell Vought.
"The president’s objective is what any president’s objective is, which 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," Psaki said. "And so yes that was an ask that was made."
"I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to service on these boards, but the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration," she continued. "They are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you're aligned with the values of this administration."
Vought, who was appointed to the Naval Academy advisory board, tweeted a letter he received Wednesday from Cathy RussellCathy RussellSean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal MORE, the director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, asking him to resign or have his position terminated later in the day.
“No,” Vought responded in a tweet. "It’s a three year term."
Conway, who was one of Trump's most visible aides throughout his presidency and was appointed to the Air Force Academy advisory board, wrote in response to the White House's request that efforts to remove numerous Trump appointees were "petty and political, if not personal."
"I'm not resigning, but you should," Conway wrote.
President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE, I'm not resigning, but you should. pic.twitter.com/HuRYM4bLYP— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 8, 2021
Meaghan Mobbs, a Trump appointee to the West Point board and an Afghanistan veteran, tweeted that every individual previously tapped for that board was asked to resign, a move she called "unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern."
The wave of resignation requests is the latest effort from the Biden administration to purge itself of Trump officials, even from positions that are largely advisory.
Biden's Defense secretary, Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response MORE, in early February ousted hundreds of members from the Pentagon's advisory committees, removing last-minute appointees by the Trump administration who included Lewandowski and former campaign adviser David Bossie.
Updated at 5 p.m.