Many of them were supporters of former President Trump appointed in the final weeks of his administration
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has demanded that hundreds of Pentagon advisory board members resign this month, effectively weeding out several dozen people appointed in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s administration.
Over the past two months in office, Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has fired a number of members of the Defense Policy, Health, Science, and Business boards who had served on them for years and replaced many of them with loyal supporters of former President Donald Trump.
More than 30 of these new appointees will be forced to resign, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“I am ordering the immediate termination of all advisory committees until the analysis is complete, unless I or the undersecretary of defense order otherwise,” Austin said in a memorandum released Tuesday.
He ordered all committee members appointed by the secretary of defense to resign no later than Feb. 16.