Elaine Chao Resigning As Transportation Secretary Following Capitol Chaos
Chao called rioters’ attack of the Capitol, which was encouraged by President Donald Trump, “traumatic and entirely avoidable.”
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” she said in a statement addressed to her colleagues. “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, who called her appointment “the honor of a lifetime,” said her last day will be on Monday.
Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff to Melania Trump and former White House press secretary, announced Wednesday that she is resigning. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also announced her departure.
Mick Mulvaney, former White House chief of staff and current special envoy to Northern Ireland, announced Thursday that he is resigning from his diplomatic post and expects other officials to file suit.
Those who choose to stay are doing so “because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in,” he said in an interview with CNBC.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.