DHS Acting Secretary Abruptly Resigns

By Claire Hardwick

While reports have emerged that Vice President Mike Pence and his staff cleared their offices at the White House, there are questions if more Trump administration officials will abandon ship. Elaine Chao and Betsy Devos formally resigned following the Capitol Hill attack, and now, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has suddenly resigned. 

In a letter to the department obtained by CNN, Wolf said, “I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration. 

Unfortunately, this action is warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary. These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the Department in this critical time of a transition of power.”

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor will take Wolf’s place for the few days left of the Trump administration. 

Why this matters: Washington is swirling with questions if President Trump himself will resign before the inauguration on January 20th. The White House, which has been noticeably quiet since Wednesday, is reportedly a “circus.” While this administration has been quick to tweet and hold press briefings, Trump’s silence has been deafening. With interviews or the briefing room as possibilities to connect with the American people, Trump’s usual tool of communication. Reports have just emerged that for the first time since Wednesday, Pence and Trump had a meeting. According to Senator Inhofe, Pence was livid with the president for what happened at the Capitol.