Ret. Army Gen. Jack Keane talks about President Biden request for Trump-appointed members of military the advisory boards of the academy to submit their resignations on Wednesday.
The decision has been criticized as policy, given that previous presidents did not demand the resignation of these members of the board of directors of the military academy of the United States. previous administrations.
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"He fired us because we were appointed by President Trump, " Keane, a retired four-star general and president of the Institute for the Study of War who has Served on the West Point advisory board, told Fox News of Biden's demands. "There has been no assessment of who we are, our contributions and our track record. … I think that 's mean, very partisan and just plain wrong. "
The former Army Chief of Staff was appointed to the West Point Board of Directors in 2019 by the Former President Trump. He described serving on a university board of trustees and "overseeing the functions of the academy and reporting to the president as such.
US President Donald Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired General Jack Keane, President by AM General Holdings LLC, right, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Photographer: AL Drago / Bloomberg via Images
Keane and other Trump appointees joined former President Obama appointees, and cEach of them brought different skills and ideas to the table, Keane explained.
"To be frank, we never saw ourselves as political candidates," he said. "We are honored to be part of the Board of Visitors to help one of America 's most esteemed and beloved institutions whose history is almost synonymous with the history of the United States. " "
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He continued: "So to withdraw just because we were nominated by Trump by the Biden administration violates the tradition of the board of visitors. President Trump has not eliminated any of the nominees from the 'Obama when he took office. He just let them serve their mandat and then appointed people to replace them he wanted on the board, but he didn't fire them anyone else. "
Keane added that many of the people named by Trump had "a
Acting Chief of Staff of the Army General John M. Keane speaks at the Army Anniversary Celebration in the courtyard Pentagon Central June 13, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin / Images)
"After 38 years in the military, I think I have some understanding of what is needed in terms of officers coming out of West Point and the what kind of agenda they should be exposed to and what kind of norms and values and character development they should experience, ”he said.
White House Attache press Jen Psaki said on Thursday that steps had been taken "to ensure that [the president] has candidatess and people on those boards who are qualified to serve on it and who are aligned with [its] values. "
Psaki also denied that the movements were politically motivated, saying instead that "the president's qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you are qualified to serve and whether you are aligned with the values of this administration. "
Other sacked West Point officials include former Trump national security adviser HR McMaster, former Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, the Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Former Senior Pentagon Advisor Douglas Macgregor, Former US Army North Commander Guy Swan III and West Point Graduate David Urbain.
FoxNews 'Michael Lee contributed to this report.