Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is resigning from his post days after criticizing President Donald Trump for the riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Mr Wolf said in a message to staff he would step down at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 11, although he had said earlier that he planned to remain in his post. He said Pete Gaynor, who headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would become the acting secretary of Homeland Security.
The resignation comes a day before Mr. Trump visited the US-Mexico border wall.
Last week, Mr. Wolf called on Mr. Trump and all elected officials to “strongly condemn the violence” that has taken place on Capitol Hill. Five people died, including a US Capitol Police officer.
Mr Wolf said he condemned violence on both sides of the political aisle, specifically directed against law enforcement. He tweeted “we are now seeing some of the president’s supporters using violence as a means to achieve political ends” and called this unacceptable.