On Friday, President Joe Biden fired Trump appointed Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused a request to resign from his position.
His termination has been confirmed by the White House.
David Black, Saul’s deputy who was also appointed to the position by former President Trump, resigned at Biden’s request, the official said.
Biden has named Kilolo Kijakazi as acting commissioner as he searches for a permanent replacement for the position. Biden’s nominee will need to be confirmed by the Senate.
Kijakazi is currently the Social Security Administration’s deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy and previously served as a fellow at the Urban Institute and a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
According to the Post, Saul, who was confirmed in 2019 by a 77-16 Senate vote to a six-year term at the helm of the Social Security Administration (SSA), argued that the White House did not have the power to remove him.
“I consider myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Security,” Saul told the Washington Post on Friday, and denounced the "Friday Night Massacre."
"This was the first I or my deputy knew this was coming," he added, in reference to the White House email. "It was a bolt of lightning no one expected. And right now it's left the agency in complete turmoil."
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