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Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, announced in a letter to employees Monday that he is resigning, Fox News and NBC News reported.
“I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” Wolf wrote in the letter.
He is the third Cabinet secretary to depart the Trump administration in the wake of a deadly riot at the Capitol that the president incited on January 6.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also announced their resignations in the days following the insurrection.
Wolf condemned the violence, saying in a statement last week: “We now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political ends. These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday.”
Wolf also pledged to stay on at the department until President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated, saying, “I will remain in my position until the end of the Administration to ensure the Department’s focus remains on the serious threats facing our country and an orderly transition to President-elect Biden’s DHS team.”
Shortly after his statement was released, the White House announced that Trump had withdrawn Wolf’s nomination to be the permanent Department of Homeland Security secretary.
Other officials who resigned after Wednesday’s chaos include the former White House press secretary and first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham; deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews; deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger; White House social secretary Rickie Niceta; the US’s special envoy to Northern Ireland and former White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; and other officials from the Commerce Department and National Security Council.
CNN reported that former national security officials called senior Trump administration officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, and national security advisor Robert O’Brien to urge them not to resign. The former officials reportedly said the departures could pose serious risks to US national security during an already rocky transition period.
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