Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will resign, the latest Trump administration official to leave their post following last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to multiple reports.
Wolf had been a loyal member of President Donald Trump’s administration and was instrumental in enacting the White House’s hard-line border policies. But he had been serving in his role illegally for months in an acting capacity, according to a report released by government watchdogs last year.
“I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” Wolf wrote in a letter to colleagues obtained by The New York Times. “Unfortunately, this action was warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary.”
His resignation will be effective at the end of Monday.
Wolf is the third Cabinet secretary to tender a resignation in recent days. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said she would leave her post last week, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also resigned, lambasting Trump for fanning the flames of his supporters as she directly laid blame for the attack at his feet.
“That behavior was unconscionable for our country,” DeVos added. “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
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