FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, speaks with European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan prior to an extraordinary meeting of the EU college of commissioners at EU headquarters in Brussels. European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan tendered his resignation on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 after becoming embroiled in controversy over a recent trip home to Ireland and questionable adherence to COVID-19 rules. His activities have come under fire back home amid allegations he skirted the rules other Irish citizens have had to adhere to. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top trade official resigned late Wednesday after he became embroiled in a controversy over a recent trip home to Ireland and questionable adherence to COVID-19 rules.