Friday, January 8th, 2021
Further resignation in the Trump team
US Secretary of Education also throws down
Shortly before the end of his term in office, President Trump’s cabinet appears to be falling apart. Shortly after the resignation of his transport minister, the education minister throws in the towel. Both politicians explain their withdrawal with the riots in Washington.
The second member of his cabinet has resigned because of the attack on the Capitol by supporters of US President Donald Trump. Education Minister Betsy DeVos announced in her letter to Trump distributed by the “New York Times” that she would resign this Friday.
Looking at the violent protests on Wednesday, DeVos wrote: “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric has had on the situation and that is the turning point for me.” Many Democrats, but also several Republicans, accuse Trump of instigating the attack. DeVos has been a member of Trump’s cabinet since February 2017.
Shortly beforehand, Transport Minister Elaine Chao announced on Thursday that she would resign on Monday. A letter she published to her co-workers said: “Yesterday our country had a traumatic and totally avoidable event when supporters of the President stormed the Capitol after a rally where he spoke. As I am sure many of you did I was deeply concerned about it in a way that I cannot put aside. ” Chao is the wife of Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
After the storm on the Capitol, Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resigned from the post of Northern Ireland Representative in protest. On Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and former White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham resigned from office with immediate effect. Grisham gave no reasons for her unexpected move.