U.S. State Department official resigns over inflated resume scandal

2019-11-19 06:16:39 GMT2019-11-19 14:16:39(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A senior U.S. State Department official who had reportedly inflated her resume resigned from her position, local media reported on Monday.

Mina Chang, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, submitted her resignation letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the same day.

"Resigning is the only acceptable moral and ethical option for me at this time," Chang wrote in the letter, according to the U.S. news outlet POLITICO.

She also decried the current culture at the State Department, which did not defend her.

NBC News reported last week that Chang had inflated her achievements in education and overstated her experiences.

Chang claimed to be a graduate of Harvard Business School, while the university said she only completed a seven-week course in 2016 and held no degree from Harvard.

She also said she was a graduate of a program at the U.S. Army War College in the state of Pennsylvania, but she just attended a four-day seminar there.

She said she addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2016, but NBC reported that she spoke at separate events held in the same cities during the same time period.

Chang was twice nominated by the Trump administration to serve as an assistant administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, but her nomination was withdrawn in September after the Senate requested more documents supporting her work in the past.