United States Secretary of State (US), Alexander Acosta resigned today after being linked with a case of sex offenders for Jeffrey Epstein.
Acosta said he did not want to be a ‘disruption’ to administrative work just because he had been involved in handling Epstein’s case more than a decade ago.
“I look forward and feel incorrect and fair for the administration of the Labor Department to disturb Epstein’s case when the state of the economy is quite remarkable now,” Acosta said.
Trump who had sacked many cabinet and other administration officials at the White House for two and a half years of leadership said Acosta himself wanted to resign.
“Acosta contacted me this morning and wanted to meet. I just want you to know that this is his decision and not me, “Trump told reporters.
Acosta’s resignation will take effect within seven days. Trump also named Labor Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizella as acting Labor Secretary.
Acosta was in the Trump cabinet since April 2017 and served as US lawyer for Southern District in Florida from 2005 to 2009.
Here he started dealing with Epstein’s first case involving sexual misconduct with a minor girl. Critics charge a sentence against Epstein when it is too light.
Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport, New Jersey when he arrived from Paris. He pleaded not guilty to the alleged trafficking of underage girls and conspiracies. Reuters reported