Elaine Chao Resigns as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation

The fallout from this week's attack on the U.S. Capitol Building includes numerous resignations of top Trump administration officials, including Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced she is resigning, citing the 'traumatic and entirely avoidable' violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Her resignation will be effective next Monday," reports Alana Wise.

A statement announcing the resignation was posted on Secretary Chao's Twitter account.

The news of Secretary Chao's resignation made headlines in multiple media sources, including Vox, Politico, Bloomberg Wire, NBC News, CNN, and the Lexington Herald, among others.

While the news probably isn't fresh to Planetizen readers a day after Secretary Chao announced her resignation, some of the threads and article shared in response to the news are noteworthy.

An article by Laura Bliss in November offers a post-election postmortem on the Trump administration's infrastructure ambitions, for example. Secretary Chao became a symbol of the "Infrastructure Week" punchline that came to define the Trump administration's time in office.

Sean O'Kane also took to Twitter note Secretary Chao's legacy, which includes scandals, conflicts of interest, and anti-urban track record in addition to some of the accomplishments listed in the thread below.

As shared in news by Planetizen, the Biden administration has nominated former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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