On Monday, senior Trump administration official Mina Chang announced her resignation.
Reports started circulating late last week that Chang, who was the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, had embellished her resume by misrepresenting her educational achievements and exaggerating her non-profit work. Chang had claimed on her resume that she had attended Harvard, which was proven untrue and that she ran her own non-profit. She even went as far as creating a fake Time magazine cover with her picture on it. She took the framed magazine cover to interviews with her.
“It is essential that my resignation be seen as a protest and not as surrender because I will not surrender my commitment to serve, my fidelity to the truth, or my love of country,” Chang wrote in her resignation letter that she sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “Indeed, I intend to fight for those things as a citizen in the days and years to come.”
Chang also wrote that “a character assassination based solely on innuendo was launched against me attacking my credentials and character. This was not an accident.”
“Despite answering every question put to me by a reporter and offering a detailed rebuttal, my superiors at the department refused to defend me, stand up for the truth or allow me to answer the false charges against me.
“Today, the politics of division and personal destruction are at their very worst, and I have found myself in the crosscurrents of that very division.”
Chang has stated that she believes that she has been “unfairly maligned, unprotected by my superiors, and exposed to a media with an insatiable desire for gossip and scandal, genuine or otherwise.”
Chang assumed her post back in April and she reportedly invented a role on a UN panel, stated that she had testified before Congress and stated that she had addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
The embellishments in her resume were discovered because she was being considered for a promotion. The new job she was being considered for had a budget of more than $1 billion. Congress was reviewing her resume and started asking questions.
Congress soon discovered that she had made several false claims, which included listing an academic who told Congress he never worked for her nonprofit as an employee, misrepresenting a trip to Afghanistan as a humanitarian mission, claiming that she had a degree from the University of Hawaii, claiming to have won awards that she had not and falsely claiming to be a UNESCO ambassador.
Since announcing her resignation Chang has described the current environment at the state department as “toxic”, adding that the organization was experiencing “the worst and most profound moral crisis.”