Former President Donald Trump gave former white house Press Secretary Sean Spicer and longtime White House counselor Kellyanne Conway a spot on the Air Force Academy advisory board before he left office
Biden has now fired Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer and 11 Trump appointees from military academy advisory boards after they refused to resign.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said: “The president’s objective is what any president’s objective 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. And so yes, that was an ask that was made.”
Advisory boards exist to provide non-binding advice to the various academies.
Each board has a mix of members of Congress and presidential appointees..
Trump appointed Spicer to the advisory board for the naval academy and Conway to the board for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Psaki said: “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, but the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you’re aligned with the values of this administration.”