Alex Azar resigns, tells Trump Capitol attack threatens legacy

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Azar calls attack ‘assault on our democracy’ and urges peaceful transfer of power in formal resignation letter

Alex Azar with Donald Trump at an event in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The US health secretary, Alex Azar, warned Donald Trump in a letter that last week’s attack on the Capitol threatened the administration’s legacy, and he urged the president to support a peaceful transfer of power.

In the two-page, formal resignation letter, dated 12 January, Azar recited what he saw as the administration’s key accomplishments but voiced concern that last week’s siege in Washington and Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud “threaten to tarnish these and other historic legacies of this administration”.

“The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power,” Azar wrote.

“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 added.

Azar says he will resign at noon on 20 January, when Joe Biden is sworn in.

Source: The Guardian