Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced on Twitter that she will be resigning from her post. She was the first of President Trump’s cabinet members to announce her resignation after the events on Wednesday.
Secretary Chao is one of the few cabinet members who has stayed in the Trump administration from the very beginning. She is married to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. She and her family have been the targets of multiple ethics probes and investigations. And yet, Chao has managed to mostly stay out of the national spotlight. Until Thursday.
Chao announced her resignation on Twitter on Thursday in a letter addressed to her colleagues at the Department of Transportation.
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote in her letter. “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.”