The White House asked Dr. Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker to resign from their Presidential Council position by 6 p.m. on Wednesday (March 23) or be removed.
Oz and Walker were appointed to the Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition back in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump who re-appointed them to a second two-year term in December 2020 after being defeated in the General Election. Now, the Biden Administration is asking the two Republican Senate candidates to leave.
"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," Oz, a TV medical personality whose running to represent Pennsylvania, tweeted.
"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," Oz added in a second tweet.
The Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition is a 30-member advisory board at the federal level that seeks to promote healthy habits.
Walker, a former NFL star who is looking to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock recently made headlines for his ideas about science, specifically evolution. So far, he hasn't directly addressed the White House's move to leave the Council.