Education Minister Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation in one Letter to President Trump on Thursday said she would step down on Friday.
“We should highlight and celebrate the many achievements of your administration on behalf of the American people,” she wrote in the letter received by the New York Times. “Instead, we need to clean up the chaos caused by violent protesters who overran the US Capitol to undermine people’s business.”
“This behavior was incomprehensible to our country,” she added. “There’s no doubt about how your rhetoric influenced the situation, and it’s the turning point for me.”
Mrs. DeVos was one of the first cabinet secretaries condemn the violent mob on Capitol Hill.
“The peaceful transfer of power is what separates American representative democracy from the banana republics,” Ms. DeVos said in one Statement posted on Twitter Wednesday evening, hours after the Capitol stormed. “The work of the people must go on.”
Ms. DeVos joins a growing exodus of administrative officials in the final days of the Trump administration. She is the second cabinet official to step down. Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary, also resigned Thursday.