Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hit back Friday night at CNN, saying his report that he resigned due to the Jan.6 takeover was wrong.
“Unlike chyron @CNN, I’m always here to serve the American people at HHS,” Azar tweeted after the CNN report. “I believe it is my duty to help ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s team during the pandemic and I will remain secretary until January 20.”
Azar said in another tweet that a resignation letter had been submitted, but that it was just part of the routine preparations for a change of administration.
“I handed in my letter this week with all the other political candidates, starting January 20 at noon,” Azar wrote. This is when President-elect Biden is about to be sworn in.
Azar also provided a copy of his resignation letter, which states in the first paragraph that he planned to leave on January 20.
“It has been the greatest professional privilege and honor of my life to serve as Secretary,” Azar wrote in the letter to President Trump, “and thank you for the opportunity to serve the American people.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that Azar took a “look at President Trump” in the resignation letter.
“Sadly, the actions and rhetoric that followed the election, especially over the past week, threaten to tarnish these and other historical legacies of this administration,” Azar wrote, and called on Trump to “condemn unequivocally any form of violence ”.