The Department of Defense said Friday that several members of the Defense Policy Board, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, have been removed.
“As part of a long-thought-out change, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” the U.S. defense official told Fox News.
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Foreign policy, which first reported the removals, said 11 senior advisers were expelled from the board, including Kissinger and Albright, and Eric Cantor, the majority leader in the house.
The cleansing was done quietly at the beginning of the week, on the eve of Thanksgiving.
They remove David McCormick, a former treasurer of the Treasury who served under the George W. Bush administration, and Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon.
“I am grateful to the outgoing board members, many of whom have been serving for decades. As we adapt the ministry to a superpower competition, I look forward to nominating new board members in the coming days, ”the official said.
Foreign Policy reported that members of the Trump government tried to reshape the board with the president and more sympathetic figures outside the DC facility – including Scott O’Grady, a former Air Force fighter pilot and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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However, the outlet reports that the move was revoked by then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Acting Under Secretary of State James Anderson.
Espert was fired earlier this month and was replaced by Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Anderson resigned a day later