President Biden fired the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a holdover from the Trump administration, after he refused to resign Friday.
Andrew Saul told The Washington Post, which first reported on his dismissal, that he planned to be at work as usual Monday and described his firing as a “Friday Night Massacre,” a reference to the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal.
“This was the first I or my deputy knew this was coming,” Saul told the paper. “It was a bolt of lightning no one expected. And right now it’s left the agency in complete turmoil.”
Saul was nominated by Trump to head the independent agency for a six-year term ending in January 2025. He was confirmed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote in June of 2019. He insisted Friday that “I consider myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Security.”
Andrew Saul was nominated by Trump to head the independent agency for a six-year