Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning citing Wednesday’s chaos at the US Capitol.
“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.” Elaine Chao said.
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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
Elaine Chao is Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife and served as Secretary of Transportation since January of 2017.
Chao’s departure marks the first cabinet secretary resignation.