President Biden urged Republican Senate candidates Herschel Walker and Dr. Mehmet Oz to step down from their positions on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition or be removed from office, Fox News reported.
Herschel Walker and Dr. Mehmet Oz, now candidates for the U.S. Senate in Georgia and Pennsylvania respectively, who former President Donald Trump had appointed, received a letter from Biden on Wednesday, signed by his aide Gautam Raghavan, with the resignation request.
“President Trump appointed me to two terms on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. The White House just emailed me demanding my resignation by the end of the day,” tweeted Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“Clearly, Joe Biden can’t be around anyone who doesn’t completely fall in line with his fear-mongering authoritarian one-size-fits-all COVID handling. I am proud of my service and will not resign,” he continued in another tweet.
“It’s sad that he would politicize such an important issue like health. The doctor he should ask to resign is Dr. Fauci, for a multitude of obvious reasons,” he added later in a tweet that accompanied by a video where he shows part of the letter sent to him by Biden.
The letter, dated Wednesday, March 23, 2022, read, “On behalf of President Biden, I am writing to request your resignation as a Member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Please submit your resignation to me by the close of business today,” the letter reads. “Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the Council will be terminated effective 6:00 p.m. tonight. Thank you.”
Both Dr. Oz, and Herschel Walker, were appointed by Trump to serve on the Council in 2018 and then reappointed before his term ended in 2020.
Walker, who is coming into the Georgia Senate race with strong support from Trump, also made his disclaimer on Twitter following Biden’s request for his resignation, warning that they’ll have to kick him out if they want him gone.
“President Biden is so scared about us beating Raphael Warnock that he has asked me to resign from my unpaid position on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition,” and warned that if they want him gone, they will have to kick him out. “I’m not a quitter, so you are going to have to fire me.”
Incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock is the candidate Walker would face should he win the Georgia Republican primary.
According to Fox News, members of the Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition are considered special government employees. Therefore, under the federal Hatch Act, they cannot be candidates in partisan elections.