Chad Wolf, the acting Homeland Security Secretary is urging President Trump to condemn the violent protestors who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon and said he will remain at his post. Wolf released a statement calling yesterday’s violence “unconscionable.”
My full statement condemning violence at the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/N9vlAUQILA
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) January 7, 2021
Fox News reports:
“What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening,” Wolf said in a statement Thursday morning. “While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, specifically violence directed at law enforcement, we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political ends. This is unacceptable.”
Wolf, who became acting head of the agency in 2019, was reacting to the riots in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, in which Trump supporters who had attended a rally featuring the president then stormed Congress as it was certifying the Electoral College vote.
Four people died, including one person who was shot to death, and at least 62 were arrested amid the chaos that saw lawmakers evacuated and the certification delayed. Lawmakers later returned to certify the Electoral College vote.
“These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday,” Wolf said.
Wolf’s statement came moments before The White House announced that Wolf’s nomination to be the permanent DHS secretary had been revoked. However, White House officials claim Wolf’s statement did not play any role in the decision to reverse the nomination.
Breaking on @MSNBC: Trump just withdrew Chad Wolf's nomination to be the permanent DHS Secretary.
Just hours ago, Wolf released a statement saying: "I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 7, 2021
Wolf was nominated to the position in August by President Trump.