reported earlier this month of John Bryson, U.S. Commerce Secretary handpicked by President Barack Obama, being involved in multiple accidents in two different California cities. It was later confirmed that Bryson was suffering from a seizure at the time of the accidents.
Two days later, Bryson announced in a memo that he was taking a medical leave of absence. Since then, Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank served as Acting Secretary of Commerce, a post she served last summer.
On Wednesday, Bryson informed the president
that he would be stepping down from his post. He cited his recent seizure and medical leave as reasons for his departure. He said his health could be a “distraction” to performing his secretarial duties.
Bryson also issued a letter
to his commerce staff and announced his resignation. He commended the team’s work in assisting the nation’s businesses to grow the economy and create more employment opportunities.
“I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission,” wrote Bryson. “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.’”
Blank will continue serving as Acting Secretary of Commerce.
“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.”
The White House has confirmed
that Bryson and the president will meet in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon.