Sean Spicer, a former White House Press Secretary, threw a small tantrum on-air on Newsmax after current Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested his appointment to the Naval Academy Board by former President Donald Trump might have been for political purposes.
It all started when Psaki’s comment came after Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Russell Vought, and others who were appointed to these boards late in Trump’s presidency were asked to resign from the boards or face dismissal.
“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 are aligned with the values of this administration.”
Spicer accused Psaki of violating a tradition of White House Press Secretaries refraining from publicly commenting on their predecessors, despite the fact Psaki’s comment included those who had not been Press Secretary. I would be mad if I was Spicer though.
On air, Spicer raged, “We have got some breaking news tonight. All Trump appointees, including myself, have been kicked off the boards of the United States Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and West Point in an unprecedented move by the Biden administration. I am announcing tonight I will not resign, and I will be joining a lawsuit to fight this.”
Spicer played a video of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressing the resignations request by saying, “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…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.”
“I follow tradition. Press secretaries never comment on the previous press secretary and are the current one, and I’ve respected that. I haven’t responded to Jen or reacted to her, but she crossed the line today. She chose to bring me into this. So, Jen, you want to know about my qualifications? Joining the military and wearing the uniform of this amazing country remains one of my greatest decisions in life. For 22 years, I’ve had the honor of serving alongside some of the most talented, patriotic, and brave individuals this country has to offer. I’m a proud graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. I’ve done multiple tours, and politics has never entered into my service. I’ve served under five different presidents of both parties. When you wear the uniform, you serve the commander-in-chief. We take an oath as officers to the Constitution, not to a party. Each of us chooses how we’re going to serve this country. I won’t ever question how anyone chooses to do that. I won’t question how you choose to do that, Jen. But don’t you dare ever minimize or question my service to this nation. You got it?” he added.
News Max also posted a video of Spicer raging on-air with Lyndsay Keith:
BREAKING: As the Biden administration attempts to remove Trump appointees from their Military Academy boards, @seanspicer calls out White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and announces he will take legal action against the decision. pic.twitter.com/bPgLlJhFzK
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 8, 2021
Source: Wayne Dupree