The White House announced that President Trump pulled the nomination of Chad Wolf as secretary for the Department of Homeland Security an hour after the acting Cabinet official called on Trump to condemn Wednesday’s riot.
The White House announced the withdrawal in a statement issued late Thursday morning. Wolf, who has been traveling overseas in Cyprus all week, initially criticized the thousands of Trump supporters who besieged the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
The White House said its decision to pull Wolf’s nomination was not related to his criticism of Trump and that it was a coincidence that it was announced shortly afterward.
“The withdrawal occurred yesterday and was not related at all to Wednesday’s events or the Acting Secretary’s comments this morning,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Washington Examiner Thursday afternoon. “Acting Secretary Wolf remains the acting secretary and continues to perform the duties of his office.”
Wolf said Thursday morning that Trump needed to