WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf is resigning in the wake of the deadly US Capitol siege, according to a new report Monday.
Wolf sent a letter to his colleagues at the department on Monday afternoon announcing his decision, according to Fox News reporter Jake Gibson.
“I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” he wrote, per a tweet from Gibson.
“Unfortunately, this action is warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary,” he wrote.
He said FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor would step in as acting secretary.
Wolf made a rare break with President Trump last week when he asked the commander in chief to condemn the chaos.
Several hours later, the White House announced the withdrawal of Wolf’s nomination to fill the DHS post full-time shortly after his statement — but claimed the move was unrelated.
Wolf is the third member of Trump’s cabinet to resign in the wake of the DC protests which killed five people.