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Pentagon purges defense board members in effort to oust Trump nominees

The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up January 3, 2002 in the briefing room of Pentagon in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:04 PM PT – Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Joe Biden’s Pentagon is firing officials appointed by President Trump. In a press briefing on Tuesday, a DOD spokesperson confirmed that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered hundreds of members of the Pentagon advisory board to resign.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – DECEMBER 09: Lloyd Austin spoke after being formally nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Defense by Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre on December 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This came in an effort to block dozens of President Trump’s appointees from fully settling in to their roles. However, the mass purging avoided the DOD selectively firing all of President Trump’s appointees.

“The frenetic activity that occurred to the composition of so many boards in just the period of November to January deeply concerned the secretary and certainly helped drive him to this decision,” John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson stated.

Now, all affected members have until February 16 to step down from their roles.

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