Biden fires Trump-nominated Social Security commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday terminated Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump management, however Saul informed the Washington Post he intends to be at the office on Monday early morning due to the fact that his term isn’t over.

“Andrew Saul refused to resign as requested, and he was notified his employment as Commissioner was terminated immediately,” stated a White House authorities, that talked on problem of privacy.

The authorities stated Saul had actually taken “actions that run contrary to the mission of the agency and the President’s policy agenda.” Among Saul’s activities that the main mentioned were politicizing Social Security handicap advantages, finishing the company’s telework plan as well as not fixing its connection with government worker unions.

Nominated by previous President Donald Trump, Saul in 2019 was promised in for a six-year term. Saul informed the Post: “I consider myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Security.”

Deputy Commissioner David Black, likewise a Trump appointee, was asked to surrender as well as abided, the White House authorities stated.

Biden has actually selected Kilolo Kijakazi as acting commissioner while the look for a commissioner as well as replacement commissioner is carried out, the authorities stated. Kijakazi is presently the replacement commissioner for retired life as well as handicap plan at the company.

The Social Security Administration, which manages programs that offer financial backing to the senior as well as impaired, referred inquiries concerning Saul as well as Black to the White House.

An effort to get to Saul was not successful.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated in a tweet before the statement that shooting Saul would certainly be “an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration.”

But Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell, chairman of the House Ways as well as Means subcommittee supervising the company, praised their elimination. “They’ve been trying to destroy Social Security,” he stated on Twitter.

Saul’s as a business owner has actually been basic companion of investment company Saul Partners as well as handled 2 retail clothing chains.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)