President Joe Biden sacked Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump administration appointee, after Saul refused to quit, according to The Hill.
Saul’s position was terminated, according to a White House official. The Washington Post was the first to report on the decision.
According to the official, David Black, Saul’s deputy who was also nominated to the job by former President Donald Trump, quit at Biden’s instruction.
As he seeks for a permanent successor for the job, Biden has nominated Kilolo Kijakazi as temporary commissioner. The Senate will have to confirm Biden’s choice.
Kijakazi is the deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy at the Social Security Administration, having previously worked as a fellow at the Urban Institute and a policy analyst at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
According to the Washington Post, Saul, who was approved to a six-year term at the top of the Social Security Administration by a 77-16 Senate vote in 2019, contended that the White House lacked the authority to dismiss him.