Chao letter to Trump cites Wednesday's 'events at the US Capitol' as reason for resignation

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Elaine Chao Warren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: ‘Good riddance’ Betsy De...

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoWarren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: ‘Good riddance’ Betsy DeVos resigns as Education Secretary Trump condemns riots, says he will focus on transition in taped remarks MORE, in her official resignation letter to President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for ‘irresponsible’ behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE, cited the Capitol riots as her reason for leaving the administration just days before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police officer dies following riots Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Tucker Carlson: Trump ‘recklessly encouraged’ Capitol rioters MORE takes office.

“I had planned on serving through the end of your term in office. But after yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol, I will resign as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, effective Monday, January 11, 2021 to provide a short period of transition,” she wrote to Trump.

Chao sent a letter to agency staff earlier on Thursday announcing her resignation, making her the first Cabinet member to resign in the wake of Wednesday’s pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol. Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosWarren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: ‘Good riddance’ Betsy DeVos resigns as Education Secretary DeVos makes final pitch for school choice in letter to Congress MORE resigned later on Thursday.

“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote in Thursday’s letter to Transportation Department staff. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”

In her two-page resignation letter to Trump, which included just one sentence about the Capitol riots, she thanked the president for the opportunity to serve as Transportation secretary and highlighted the department’s accomplishments over the last four years.

Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell ousts Senate sergeant-at-arms after Capitol riots Capitol Police rejected offer for help from National Guard days before deadly riot: report Shellshocked GOP ponders future with Trump MORE (R-Ky.), has served as Transportation secretary for the entirety of Trump’s presidency. She previously served as Labor secretary for eight years under former President George W. Bush.

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Newsrust: Chao letter to Trump cites Wednesday's 'events at the US Capitol' as reason for resignation
Chao letter to Trump cites Wednesday's 'events at the US Capitol' as reason for resignation
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