Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, President Trump’s two cabinet secretaries, are leaving office over the Wednesday mob at the United States Capitol. They were among those Cabinet allies who decided to resign office in the wake of a riot of President Trump followers attacking the U.S. Capitol.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/rFxPsBoh6t
— Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021
In a declaration, she spoke to the agency she led, Elaine Chao, described that she will quit Monday and was ‘deeply troubled’ by the happenings at the U.S. Capitol. The declaration further described that she is tremendously proud of the several accomplishments they were able to achieve together for their nation, and she will never forget the commitment you have for this Department and the U.S.
She continued that she will prefer Pete Buttigieg (the Transportation Secretary-designate) to take the department. Moreover, she tweeted Thursday that it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the United States of Transportation.
What would children get from this incident?
On Thursday, DeVos pushed a resignation letter to President Trump, mentioning Wednesday’s mob as ‘unconscionable for our country.’ Chao wrote that there is no mistaking the impact our rhetoric had on the condition, and that’s the inflection point for her. She further explained that impressionable kids are watching all of this, and they are learning from us all. She believes they have a moral obligation to practice good judgment and model the behavior we hope they would emulate.
Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, also quitted on Thursday, saying in her resignation note that she had decided to stay on until the incoming administration, but her plans quickly overturned after the Wednesday’s mob when she watched the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Furthermore, she described that she thinks this behavior was completely unacceptable, and in her own heart, she simply isn’t able to continue.
A close source said that the senior director for counterproliferation & biodefense at the National Security Council, left the office on Thursday, over the Wednesday riot at the United States Capitol. Besides this, Ruggiero leads the North Korea council policy and an important East Asia expert.
On Wednesday afternoon, Matt Pottinger, President Trump’s deputy national adviser, also resigned. The current chief of staff for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, and Anna Cristina, the White House social secretary, both had sent their resignation letters to Trump on Wednesday, said by White House officials.