La mossa è stata criticata come politica, visto che i precedenti presidenti non hanno chiesto le dimissioni di quei membri del consiglio dell'accademia militare dalle precedenti amministrazioni.
“He terminated us because we were appointed by President Trump,” Keane, a retired four-star general and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War who served on the West Point advisory board, told Fox News of Biden’s requests. “There was no assessment of who we are and what our contributions have been and what our background is. … I think it’s petty, very partisan and simply wrong.”
The former Army chief of staff was appointed to the West Point board in 2019 by former President Trump. He described the task as being on a university trustee board and “overseeing the functions of the academy and reporting back to the president as such.”