U.S. Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, has announced her resignation over Wednesday’s breach of the Capital Hill by supporters of President Donald Trump.
She is the first cabinet member to quit over the incident, which drew outrage from within the country and around the world.
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed.
“As I am sure is the awe with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.
“Today, I am announcing my resignation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to take effect on Jan. 11, 2021,” Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said.