Another Key Member of the Trump Administration Quits Without Notice

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Another leading member of the Trump Administration has stepped down, referring to “recent events” as his reason for leaving.

Department of Homeland Security Acting head Chad Wolf gave his resignation as of midnight yesterday, saying it makes him sad to take this step but he feels it is necessary due to what happened at the Capitol.

What Did Wolf Say in His Resignation Letter?

Wolf is the third member of the Trump Administration to call it quits since the events at the Capitol. Elaine Chao and Betsy DeVos also announced they are leaving their post, likely trying to shore up options and the chance to get back in the good graces of the Washington swamp once Trump leaves office.

Wolf’s resignation letter said that even though he wanted to serve out the entirety of the Trump term the events at the Capitol prompted him to head for the door.

“I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” Wolf said. “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,” he added.

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What’s Wolf’s Opinion on the Riots?

Although his resignation letter doesn’t specifically mention the storming of the Capitol, it’s clear that Wolf is upset about it. He tweeted last week that all involved should be held responsible and put out a press release calling out elected officials for “inciting violence.”

Wolf’s statement the day after the Capitol riots said:

“What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening. While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, specifically violence directed at law enforcement, we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political ends. This is unacceptable. These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday. DHS takes the safety and security of all Americans very seriously—it’s at the core of our mission to defend our homeland. Any appearance of inciting violence by an elected official goes against who we are as Americans.”

His request for President Trump to condemn the violence was fulfilled, since the president did condemn the violence.

Apparently it wasn’t enough for Wolf though, as he’s now headed for the exit door with only a week to go in the Trump Administration.

The Bottom Line

the bottom line is that Wolf and others resigning are seeking to play respectability politics. While his concern is likely genuine, his blame of President Trump for the violence and instability in the country is one-sided.

After he wrote last week’s angry condemnation of “inciting violence,” Trump withdrew his nomination to make Wolf official head of DHS instead of just acting head.

Wolf always seemed like a person who was highly loyal to Trump and the administration and he backed the use of federal troops last year to stand up to Antifa violence in Portland, but it seems the Capitol riots were one step too far for Wolf to hold his ground.

Was there more to his resignation? Some rumors are saying he was being pressured to go further than he’d like in his role as head of DHS. However it seems most likely that Wolf had simply had enough.

What do you make of Wolf’s resignation?