Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, asked by Trump administration to leave his post.
Yet another Irish American name is making a surprising departure from President Donald Trump’s government. Matthew Doherty was appointed as the executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2015 but stayed in the role to serve under Trump.
In an email announcement, however, Doherty revealed that he left his position at the request of the Trump administration. His email to coworkers stated that the administration “no longer wishes to have me.”
As Tweets from faster fingers than mine have been hinting, today was my last day in service as Executive Director at @USICHgov, at the administration’s request (as is their right.) Incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to serve in this role, and, as importantly ... (1/4)— Matthew Doherty 🏳️🌈 (@m_j_doherty) November 15, 2019
“It has been an incredible honor to serve at USICH, and I do feel like I am leaving on my own terms,” Doherty said.
“I believe that I have been able to keep my integrity intact; but, they have now told me to pack my things up and go.”
... incredibly inspired by & in awe of the amazing, dedicated team at @USICHgov. The chance to work in partnership with that team has been a true highlight of my life, as has been learning from the powerful work of people in communities across the country. While ... (2/4)— Matthew Doherty 🏳️🌈 (@m_j_doherty) November 15, 2019
Doherty’s departure is surprising as President Trump recently announced his desire to solve the country’s homelessness crisis but as of yet, has failed to release a plan. Created in 1987, the USICH works to coordinate the federal government's response to homelessness across 19 agencies, including the Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Labor and Commerce departments.
It is not clear who will be replacing Doherty.
H/T: Daily Mail