U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has resigned because of the riots that occurred the day before in Washington. She officially indicated it in her resignation letter.
“Yesterday our country experienced a traumatic and quite preventable event when supporters of President [Donald Trump] stormed the Capitol building after a rally at which he was speaking. (…) I just can’t stay away,” she wrote in an open letter to department officials. The newspaper specifies that Chao is married to U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitchum McConnell.
Earlier, it was reported that amid the turmoil in the American capital, Trump’s adviser on Russia and Eurasia Ryan Tully and four other employees of the administration of the head of state resigned. Among them are First Lady Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and Secretary of Protocol Ricky Niceta.
About 70 people were detained during the unrest, according to Washington police. In addition, one of the protesters was shot in the chest at the Capitol building, after which she died in hospital. Her husband said the woman had served in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years and was a high-ranking security official.
The day before, protesting Republican supporters stormed the Capitol building and surrounded the Senate chamber. The Senate and the House of Representatives interrupted a session that was scheduled to approve the results of the last election and Democrat Joseph Biden as president of the country.