Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Thursday that she is stepping down from her post, a day after the rioting on Capitol Hill — making her the latest member of the administration to resign over Trump’s conduct, and the first Cabinet member to do so.
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
Chao has been in the administration since 2017 and is one of the longest-serving Cabinet members. She is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has refused to back President Trump’s election challenges.
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