By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Related Press
John Rood, the Pentagon’s prime coverage official who had licensed final 12 months that the Protection Division had seen sufficient anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally approved assist, has resigned at President Donald Trump’s request.
The Trump administration’s delay in releasing that assist was central to the president’s impeachment by the Home on costs of abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress. The Senate voted to acquit the president. However within the wake of the Senate trial, an emboldened Trump has gone after officers he has perceived as being disloyal.
Rood, the undersecretary of protection for coverage, seems to be the most recent official to be purged.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that he needed to “thank John Rood for his service to our Nation, and need him properly in his future endeavors!”
Rood’s letter of resignation didn’t point out Ukraine however mentioned that he was leaving at Trump’s request.
“It is my understanding from Secretary (Mark) Esper that you simply requested my resignation,” Rood mentioned in his letter to Trump, including that he’ll step down as of Feb. 28.
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