Transportation Secretary Joins Growing List of Trump Officials Resigning in Wake of U.S. Capitol Attack

By Melanie Arter | January 7, 2021 | 3:40pm EST
President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks on January 9, 2020, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks on January 9, 2020, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation Thursday, joining a growing list of Trump administration officials who have done so in response to Trump supporters storming and invading the U.S. Capitol Wednesday after the Save America Rally.

Chao is the first cabinet member to resign in the wake of the attack. 

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation,” she tweeted.

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“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. 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,” Chao said in a statement on her Twitter page.

“I am tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country and I will never forget the commitment you have for this Department and the United States of America,” the secretary said.

“I am hopeful that many of you will carry forward our vision to improve the lives of Americans through this Department and beyond,” Chao said.

“Today, I am announcing my resignation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to take effect on Monday, January 11, 2020. We will help my announced successor Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with taking on the responsibility of running this wonderful department. With all good wishes to each of you,” she concluded her statement.

Besides Chao, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney, who once served as Trump’s chief of staff, announced his resignation on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday.

Joining him in announcing their resignations are: Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta, Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Security John Costello, and National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Ryan Tull.

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