It seems like Joe Biden has devoted a sizeable portion of his nascent presidency to undoing anything and everything he can that’s associated with his predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump.
That apparently includes removing famed country singer Lee Greenwood from the National Council on the Arts, a move that “shocked” Greenwood when he was informed of it, Fox News reported.
Greenwood is best known for his uber-patriotic 1984 song “God Bless the USA,” which isn’t at all partisan but was nonetheless been embraced by Trump and used frequently during his campaign rallies and presidential events.
“I was quite shocked”
Speaking Thursday during an interview on Fox & Friends about his imminent removal from the National Endowment of the Arts’ National Council on the Arts, Greenwood said Biden “fired a patriot.”
“You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43. So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term,” Greenwood said, according to Fox.
“And then, as you know, [Trump] used my song ‘God Bless the USA,’ which is unilateral for me,” the singer added.
“It’s meant for all people,” he said, “not just for a particular political party.”
“So hearing now under the Biden administration and he’s cleaned house and finally he’s fired a patriot,” Greenwood added, according to Fox. “I was quite shocked, to tell you the truth. I didn’t get a phone call or letter. It was just an email.”
A patriot and non-partisan
Billboard reported in 2019 that, in addition to his position on the National Council on the Arts, Greenwood had also been appointed by then-President Trump to serve on the John F. Kennedy Center Board of Trustees for a term that would expire in 2024.
The outlet noted at the time that the Grammy Award-winning country artist had first been appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 2008 by then-President George W. Bush, and was allowed to continue serving in that role under both former Presidents Trump and Barack Obama.
Bolstering Greenwood’s claim of being non-partisan in his patriotism, Billboard also noted that the artist had personally met or performed for nine presidents of the United States.
A White House statement dated June 24 announced that 21 nominations from Biden had been sent to the Senate for confirmation votes. That included New York director and producer Kamilah Forbes, who is set to replace Greenwood on the Council for a term that will expire in 2026.