Transportation Minister announces resignation due to riots at Capitol

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces resignation following Capitol riots

Transportation Minister announces resignation due to riots at Capitol

Transportation Minister announces resignation due to riots at Capitol

Elaine Chao announced &# 171; deep concern&# 187; in connection with the riots on Capitol Hill, provoked by the rhetoric of the current president

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation on Thursday, becoming the first Trump cabinet member to step down following riots on Wednesday by supporters of the incumbent in the Capitol..

Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate and a political ally of Trump, said she was “deeply disturbed” by scenes of violence that erupted in the Capitol building on Wednesday. She stressed that the violence was provoked by Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic event that could have been avoided when presidential supporters stormed into the Capitol after the rally at which (Trump) addressed them,” Chao said in a statement. “Of course, me, like many of you, it deeply disturbed, and I just cannot stay away “.

Chao joins a growing list of Trump administration officials who have announced their resignations after presidential supporters invaded the Capitol.

Transportation Minister announces resignation due to riots at Capitol

On Thursday afternoon, former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced his resignation as special envoy for Northern Ireland, explaining that he “cannot remain” in the White House after the riots in the Capitol.

John Costello, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intelligence and Security, also resigned shortly after Mulvaney’s announcement..

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, who was a leading figure in shaping policy towards China, announced his resignation on Wednesday. Pottinger made the decision in response to the Capitol riots, according to a senior administration official..

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