Biden fires Trump-nominated Social Security commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration, however Saul informed the Washington Post he prepares to be at work on Monday early morning since 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 Home authorities, who spoke on condition 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.” Amongst Saul’s actions that the main pointed out were politicizing Social Security impairment advantages, ending the firm’s telework policy and not fixing its relationship with federal worker unions.

Chosen by previous President Donald Trump, Saul in 2019 was sworn 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 resign and complied, the White Home authorities stated.

Biden has actually designated Kilolo Kijakazi as acting commissioner while the look for a commissioner and deputy commissioner is performed, the authorities stated. Kijakazi is presently the deputy commissioner for retirement and impairment policy at the firm.

The Social Security Administration, which manages programs that offer financial backing to the senior and handicapped, referred concerns about Saul and Black to the White Home.

An effort to reach Saul was not successful.

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

However Democratic Agent Costs Pascrell, chairman of your house Ways and Ways subcommittee supervising the firm, praised their elimination. “They’ve been trying to destroy Social Security,” he stated on Twitter.

Saul’s as a business person has actually been basic partner of financial investment company Saul Partners and handled 2 retail clothing chains.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Composing by Eric Beech; Modifying by Cynthia Osterman)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.