He is the third Cabinet secretary to leave the Trump administration after the president incited a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol last week that resulted in five deaths.
Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, announced in a letter to employees Monday that he is resigning, Fox News and NBC News reported.
Other officials who resigned after Wednesday’s chaos include the former White House press secretary and first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham; deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews; deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger; White House social secretary Rickie Niceta; the US’s special envoy to Northern Ireland and former White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; and other officials from the Commerce Department and National Security Council.
Beyond questions over Wolf’s eligibility to lead DHS, he also generated controversy over the deployment of federal agents to Portland, Oregon, amid ongoing anti-racism protests over the summer stemming from the police killing of George Floyd.
At the time, Wolf said he had the authority to deploy federal agents to US cities “whether they like us there or not. “With Wolf stepping down, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor is set to take over as acting head of Homeland Security.