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Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health 

The Secretary of Health of the United States, Alex Azar, has resigned from his position effective January 20 as an act of rejection of the “slow response” of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to the assault on the Capitol.

Azar sent the letter of his resignation last Monday, January 12, and in it he assures that the assault threatens to “damage” the achievements of the Trump Administration, of which he began to be a part in 2018.

In his resignation letter, he makes special mention of Operation Curvature Speed, in charge of financing and distributing the coronavirus vaccine in the country.

“The attack on the Capitol is an assault on our democracy and the tradition of the peaceful transition of power that the United States was the first to bring to the world,” Azar says in the letter he made public this Friday.

The Secretary of Health “implores” Trump to continue “unequivocally condemning any form of violence” and ask that no one try to disrupt the activities of the Biden inauguration that will take place next Wednesday.

Azar justifies his stay until the end of his term due to the need to deliver vaccines against the coronavirus and the need for a “smooth transition” between his team and the one designated by Biden.

Azar is the third government secretary to resign after the assault on the Capitol on January 6, in which five people died and for which hundreds of people have been detained throughout the country.

Previously, the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos had also left their positions, while the resignations at lower levels number in the dozens.

US President Donald J. Trump

US President Donald J. Trump 

Trump, plans to leave the city of Washington DC on the morning of Wednesday, January 20, hours before Joe Biden, his successor, is sworn in, as reported this Friday by the Washington Post.

Trump, who denies the results of the November 3, 2020 elections and has accused fraud on numerous occasions and without evidence, had already announced his intentions not to participate in Biden’s inauguration ceremony, thus breaking a long tradition of American democracy.

In these last weeks the image of the president has been hit hard, especially after his followers, motivated by a harangue by Trump, violently stormed the Capitol during the special session on January 6 to certify Biden’s victory, leaving a balance of five dead, dozens of wounded and numerous arrests.

(With information from Europa Press)


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