- Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned.
- Azar celebrated a few milestones reached by the administration and applauded the government’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic.
- We have two safe and effective vaccines being administered to millions of Americans.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has submitted his letter of resignation to the Trump administration per the laid-out guidelines. The letter which was written on January 12 and addressed to the president has been obtained by CNN.
In the letter, Azar expressed his disappointment with the events following the presidential elections. Of particular concern to him was the political rhetoric and the Capitol Hill intrusion which, he said, tarnished the administration’s legacy.
“The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States of America first brought to the world.
I implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any form of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inaugural activities in Washington or elsewhere, and to continue to support unreservedly the peaceful and orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021,” he said.
In the note to the president, Azar celebrated a few milestones reached by the administration and applauded the government’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic, especially the vaccination efforts. Just over 10 million Americans have been vaccinated so far, a feat which he said was deemed impossible.
“Operation Warp Speed achieved in nine months what many doubted would be possible in a year and a half or more.
As of this date we have two safe and effective vaccines being administered to millions of Americans, with more vaccines likely to be authorized shortly,” he noted.
Azar will be holding on to his position until January 20 when the Biden administration takes over.
He’s not the only member of the Trump administration to stand down this week. Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, quit her position on Thursday. She tendered her resignation just a day after her agency was lambasted for holding back coronavirus response efforts.
Her resignation was, however, expected along with those of other Trump administration officials ahead of president-elect Joe Biden’s take-over next week.
Her colleague, Allison Brigati, the deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is currently serving as the acting administrator. She will be relinquishing the position once the Biden team takes over Washington.
Murphy came under heavy criticism in December for delaying the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory following the hotly contested 2020 presidential elections.
During this time, Trump publicly contested the election results and referred to them as invalid. She was also blamed for holding up resources needed to facilitate the transitional process.
Another notable White House staffer, Sarah Matthews, quit her job last week. The 25-year-old White House spokeswoman resigned after watching the violent Capitol Hill incursion.
“I knew I could no longer serve in the role effectively, and I couldn’t walk into the building the following day and act like everything was fine, because it was indefensible,” she said.