Dear Commerce Team,
I have informed the president that I am resigning as Secretary of Commerce.
The work that you do to help America’s entrepreneurs and businesses build our economy and create jobs is more important now than ever and I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission.
I feel privileged to have been part of the progress we have made together for our businesses and workers as they “build it here and sell it everywhere.”
As I step down from the Cabinet, Dr. Blank will continue to serve as Acting Secretary. As you know, she provided very able leadership in this role last year, and I have every confidence that on her watch going forward, the Commerce Department will continue to fulfill its mission with excellence.
In my personal capacity, I will continue to do everything I can to support the president and America’s businesses as they continue to advance innovation, U.S. competitiveness, and prosperity for our people in the months and years ahead.
Thank you for your many thoughtful and kind notes over this last week. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve with you.