Dr. Oz states he has ‘no intention’ to resign from his position on the Sports, Fitness & Nutrition board, calling out President Joe Biden for being ‘petty’ and ‘politicizing health.’
The White House via President Joe Biden just sent Dr. Mehemet Oz a letter to demand his resignation from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, informing the 61-year-old if he did not resign by 6pm, he would be terminated. After receiving the letter, Dr. Oz. clapped back.
“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.,” he began in a Twitter thread on Wednesday, March 23. “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.”
The doctor, who is currently running for a senate seat in Pennsylvania, stated he was “proud” of his service to the White House and stated that he “will not resign.”
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.
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) March 23, 2022
The doctor also posted a video to his Twitter explaining the situation. “I just received the letter on your screen on behalf of [President Biden] requesting that I resign from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition,” the doctor began his statement. “It’s beyond sad Joe Biden would politicize such an important issue like health. In fact, let me offer a suggestion. The doctor he should ask to resign is Dr. Anthony Fauci for a multitude of obvious reasons.”
He continued, “With that said, I am beyond grateful to President Trump for appointing me to this very prestigious and important position. I’m also grateful to my colleagues on the committee and the amazing accomplishments we were able to achieve.”
I received this letter on behalf of @POTUS requesting I resign from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. It’s sad that he would politicize such an important issue like health. The doctor he should ask to resign is Dr. Fauci, for a multitude of obvious reasons. pic.twitter.com/fJaVLKVWOC
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) March 24, 2022
The TV host then denounced Biden for being “petty” and “political” in his action, and assured he had “no intention” of resigning.
“If President Biden wants to politicize health, he’ll have to fire me and let Americans see how truly petty and political he truly is” he went on. “I would think record high energy prices — a 40-year high with inflation — and the tragedy with Ukraine would be a more important priority.”
The council serves as an advisory committee to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. Dr. Oz served on the board along with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former NFL running back Herschel Walker. It’s not exactly clear why the White House asked Oz to step down or if anyone else received a similar letter.