All the Trump Administration Officials Who Have Resigned Following the Capitol Riot He Incited
A growing list of Trump administration aides and officials have resigned from their posts in the wake of a violent and deadly riot incited by Donald Trump on Wednesday.
With less than two weeks left in his presidency, and after years of Trump's coddling of fringe conspiracy groups and white supremacists, the president's response to the events on Wednesday was a bridge too far for a number of officials.
The Wednesday riots — which led to the deaths of four people, the evacuation of the entire U.S Congress and the looting of the United States Capitol — began with a pro-Trump rally (which included an appearance by the president himself) to coincide with the ratification of the electoral college votes.
During his speech, Trump instructed his supporters to march over to the building and "be strong," saying, "you'll never take back our country with weakness."
Within hours, a violent mob of his supporters breaching the U.S. Capitol building, carrying Trump-branded flags as they stormed through offices, yelling "Stop the Steal," a reference to the president's unfounded conspiracy theory that an election he lost was somehow stolen from him.
More than three hours after the Capitol was breached, Trump finally called for his supporters to leave the building. But he continued to flatter them, telling those rioting in the Capitol that he "loved" them and that they were "very special."
That message, along with the president's reported erratic behavior throughout the day, spurred a wave of resignations, with various news outlet reporting that more are likely forthcoming.
Here's a list of all the White House resignations in the wake of the riots so far.
The former White House chief of staff, who had been working as a special envoy to Northern Ireland, told CNBC on Thursday morning that he had resigned in protest.
"I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know that I would be resigning from that. I can't do it. I can't stay," Mulvaney said, noting that his resignation wouldn't make a big impact, but was important nonetheless.
"It's a nothing thing. It doesn't affect the outcome, it doesn't affect the transition, but it's what I've got, right?" Mulvaney said. "And it's a position I really enjoy doing. But you can't do it."
Mulvaney continued that he expects others to leave the White House in the coming days.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see more of my friends resign over the next 24-58 hours. It'd be completely understandable if they did," Mulvaney told CNBC. "Those who choose to stay are choosing to stay because they are concerned that the president might put someone in to replace them that might take things even worse."
He continued: "I'm not condemning those who choose to stay, but I can't stay here. Not after yesterday. You can't look at that yesterday and think 'I want to be part of that' in any way, shape, or form. "
Grisham, the former chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump, was the first to tender her resignation publicly, writing on Twitter that it had been "an honor" to serve the country but that she was "signing off" for now.
The deputy national security adviser resigned Wednesday, multiple outlets reported. Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs shared on Twitter that Pottinger had intended to resign on Election Day, but had stayed at the request of National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien.
Jacobs added that O'Brien was expected to stay for the remaining two weeks.
The deputy White House press secretary was one of the few to specifically attribute their exit to the riots, issuing a statement on Wednesday.
"I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted. As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today," Matthews said in a statement, as reported by The Hill. "I'll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power."
Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta
The White House social secretary resigned from her role effective immediately on Wednesday, according to reporters from both ABC and CBS News.
Bloomberg and Politico reported Thursday that Tully, the National Security Council's Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, had left his post on Wednesday.
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