WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Safety Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration, however Saul advised the Washington Put up he plans to be at work on Monday morning as a result of his time period isn’t over.
“Andrew Saul refused to resign as requested, and he was notified his employment as Commissioner was terminated instantly,” mentioned a White Home official, who spoke on situation of anonymity.
The official mentioned Saul had taken “actions that run opposite to the mission of the company and the President’s coverage agenda.” Amongst Saul’s actions that the official cited have been politicizing Social Safety incapacity advantages, ending the company’s telework coverage and never repairing its relationship with federal worker unions.
Nominated by former President Donald Trump, Saul in 2019 was sworn in for a six-year time period. Saul advised the Put up: “I take into account myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Safety.”
Deputy Commissioner David Black, additionally a Trump appointee, was requested to resign and complied, the White Home official mentioned.
Biden has appointed Kilolo Kijakazi as performing commissioner whereas the seek for a commissioner and deputy commissioner is carried out, the official mentioned. Kijakazi is at present the deputy commissioner for retirement and incapacity coverage on the company.
The Social Safety Administration, which oversees packages that present monetary assist to the aged and disabled, referred questions on Saul and Black to the White Home.
An try to succeed in Saul was unsuccessful.
Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell mentioned in a tweet previous to the announcement that firing Saul could be “an unprecedented and harmful politicization of the Social Safety Administration.”
However Democratic Consultant Invoice Pascrell, chairman of the Home Methods and Means subcommittee overseeing the company, applauded their elimination. “They’ve been making an attempt to destroy Social Safety,” he mentioned on Twitter.
Saul’s as a businessman has been normal associate of funding agency Saul Companions and managed two retail attire chains.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)