U.S. H0ME SECURITY CHIEF QUITS AFTER CRITICIZING CAPITOL ATTACK
Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned on Monday, Priscilla Alvarez and Geneva Sands reported for CNN, barely eight days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President.
Wolf formally quit his post in a letter to department employees, days after he condemned the violent attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, calling it “tragic and sickening” but said he would stay on at DHS until the end of the administration to ensure a smooth transition and to help the department stay focused on the threats facing the nation.
His abrupt resignation, Ben Fox of the Associated Press (AP) also reported, fueled speculations that he was pressured to leave, citing “recent events” compelled him to leave his post.
"I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration," Wolf said.
Pete Gaynor, the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be the acting secretary, Wolf said, CNN reported.
Wolf, who served in the post for 14 months, is the latest Cabinet secretary to resign in recent days, though it's unclear whether it's directly related to last week's riots.
Betsy DeVos, who served as education secretary, and Elaine Chao, who served as transportation secretary, have also resigned.
“For months we have known Chad Wolf has been serving illegally in his position, so the timing of his resignation from the Department today is questionable,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
“He has chosen to resign during a time of national crisis and when domestic terrorists may be planning additional attacks on our government,” Fox of AP wrote.
An estimated 15,000 soldiers will be deployed to secure the US Capitol for Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021.
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