The Biden administration on Wednesday requested the resignations of Dr. Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker from their posts on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, citing their ongoing partisan Senate campaigns in the states of Pennsylvania and Georgia, respectively, as Fox News reports.
Both Oz and Walker were appointed to the commission by former President Donald Trump and re-appointed to serve additional two-year terms in December of 2020, according to NBC News, and both men received letters on Wednesday informing them that if they declined to step down, voluntarily, they would be removed.
Oz told social media followers about the situation that same day, tweeting, “President Trump appointed me to two terms on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. The White House just emailed me demanding my resignation by the end of the day.”
“Clearly, Joe Biden can’t be around anyone who doesn’t completely fall in line with his fear-mongering authoritarian one-size-fits-all COVID handling. I am proud of my service and will not resign,” Oz said.
The popular television personality-turned-legislative-candidate added, “If President Biden wants to politicize health, he’ll have to fire me. Let Americans see how truly petty and political he truly is.”
Walker adopted a similar posture to Oz in the wake of the White House request, also taking to Twitter to say, “President Biden is so scared about us beating Raphael Warnock that he has asked me to resign from my unpaid position on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. I’m not a quitter so you are going to have to fire me.”
The administration’s actions toward Oz and Walker do not represent the first time Trump-appointed members of volunteer board roles have been unceremoniously ejected by the Biden White House, as the Washington Examiner noted in September.
At the time, former Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer received his own letter from the White House demanding his resignation from the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors by the close of business the same day or face immediate termination from the role, and retired Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster was similarly instructed to depart from West Point’s advisory panel in the same way.
Another victim of the administration’s continued vindictiveness toward Trump board appointees, former White House budget director Russ Vought remarked at the time, “I wish Biden would take his commander in chief duties as seriously as he takes retribution against political adversaries,” and that is an argument with which it is difficult to disagree.