Trump’s acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf`s abrupt resignation has prompted questioning by a number of officials.
Despite his claim that a legal challenge was the reason for his resignation, other US officials questioned the timing of his decision to leave the post. Wolf`s departure followed the resignation of other Cabinet ministers amid heightening “terrorism” threat from Trump`s supporters stop President-elect Joe Biden`s inauguration.
Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said: “For months we have known Chad Wolf has been serving illegally in his position, so the timing of his resignation from the Department today is questionable.
“He has chosen to resign during a time of national crisis and when domestic terrorists may be planning additional attacks on our government.”
Wolf expressed disapproval of the violent attack on Capitol by Trump supporters and described it as “tragic and sickening”. His abrupt resignation on Monday- just 10 days before Joe Biden`s inauguration sparked a lot of questions as he would have waited until the end of the administration.
“Right now, our nation is facing significant challenges and it is our privilege to support the nationwide efforts to fight the pandemic and protect our homeland, “Peter Gaynor, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told FEMA employees.
In a statement to employees, he defended his tenure saying: “I leave knowing that the Department has positioned itself for an orderly and smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s DHS team.
“Welcome them, educate them, and learn from them. They are your leaders for the next four years – a time which undoubtedly will be full of challenges and opportunities to show the American public the value of DHS and why it is worth the investment.”