President Joe Biden sparked some backlash this week by demanding that all of his predecessor’s appointees to military service academy boards either resign or face immediate termination.
Included in that group is former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a U.S. Navy veteran appointed by former President Donald Trump to serve on the Naval Academy Board — and he has publicly refused to step down, according to The Daily Wire, even indicating that he intends to sue the Biden administration.
“I will not be submitting my resignation”
Spicer, who served as Trump’s first press secretary, currently hosts the Newsmax TV program Spicer and Company.
He was clearly infuriated when he opened the show on Wednesday with a monologue aimed directly at Biden and current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“All Trump appointees, including myself, have been kicked off the boards of the United States Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and West Point in an unprecedented move by the Biden administration,” Spicer confirmed.
As for his plans, Spicer declared: “I’m announcing tonight for the first time that I will not be submitting my resignation and I will be joining a lawsuit to fight this.”
Spicer went on to share an email and attached letter he received hours earlier from Biden, highlighting the ultimatum that he either resign or be fired from the appointed position.
Spicer says Psaki “crossed a line”
The segment also included a clip of Psaki’s response to a question earlier the day about the resignation demands. She replied that the president’s “objective” was to ensure that he has “nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve and who are aligned with [his] values.”
As for concerns that the move was purely political, Psaki responded: “Well, I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified or not political to serve on these boards.”
For his part, Spicer adamantly rejected the insinuation. Although he acknowledged the “tradition” of White House press secretaries eschewing criticism of their predecessors or successors, he asserted that Psaki “crossed a line today” and defended the “qualifications” of himself and others to serve in their appointed positions.
Conway similarly refused to step down from her seat on the Air Force Academy Board, opting instead to issues a demand of her own to the president.
President Biden, I’m not resigning, but you should. pic.twitter.com/HuRYM4bLYP
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 8, 2021