DOT Secretary Chao to resign from post

January 7, 2021

Land Line Staff

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced on Thursday, Jan. 7, that she will be resigning from her post.

Chao posted a letter on Twitter, announcing that her resignation will take effect on Monday, Jan. 11.

“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote. “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 was the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to resign over the incident on Wednesday, Jan. 6, but more resignations may be coming, according to multiple reports.

USA Today reported that White House officials Mick Mulvaney, U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, and Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser, also resigned.

Chao assumed her role in the DOT on Jan. 31, 2017.

During Chao’s time as DOT secretary, she oversaw the FMCSA’s efforts to revise the hours of service, which took effect in September.

“I am tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country, and I will never forget the commitment you have for this department and the United States of America,” Chao wrote in the letter to her colleagues. “I am hopeful that many of you will carry forward our vision to improve the lives of Americans through this department and beyond.”

Transportation Secretary was Chao’s second cabinet position. From 2001 until January 2009, Chao served as the Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush.

In December, it was announced that Pete Buttigieg will be nominated to be the next DOT secretary. LL

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