Elaine Chao quits as US transport secretary

Yesterday saw a host of Trump associates quit their posts in government in the wake of Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol building.

Among the most high profile resignations came from Elaine Chao, the secretary of transportation. Chao is the daughter James Chao, founder of American shipping firm, Foremost Group. Her husband is Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell.

“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside,” Chao wrote in a Twitter post.

Her resignation is effective from next Monday. She had held the transport post throughout Trump’s presidency.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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