At least seven officials associated with Donald Trump’s team have decided to resign from their positions following the events at the Capitol.
Several officials associated with the team of U.S. President Donald Trump, said they were resigning after the seizure of the Capitol. This is reported by DW on Thursday, January 7.
In particular, Trump’s deputy security adviser Matt Pottinger, who was responsible for issues related to Washington’s policy on China and North Korea, is leaving his post. According to U.S. media, he attributed this to events at the Capitol the day before. Soon after, CNN’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien confirmed his resignation on Twitter. According to “multiple sources”, Robert O’Brien is also considering leaving his post.
CNN also wrote about the intention of Christopher Liddell, deputy White House chief of staff for political coordination, to leave his post.
At the same time, Reuters quoted its sources as saying that Ryan Tully, senior director for Russia and European affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, had been fired.
The U.S. president’s special envoy for Northern Ireland and former acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said he was leaving his diplomatic post in protest.
“I can’t stay after yesterday,” Mulvaney said on CNBC, adding that he had called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the night before to announce his resignation.
“Those who decided to stay – and I’ve talked to some – decided to do so because they’re afraid the president might appoint (in their place – ed.) someone even worse,” he said.
Anna Christine Ricci Niceta, the White House press secretary for the protocol (social issues), and Sarah Matthews, deputy White House press secretary, also resigned. The latter said she was “deeply concerned” about the storming of Congress.
“I considered it an honor to serve in the Trump administration and to be proud of the policies we are pursuing. As someone who has worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today (Jan. 6 – ed.),” Matthews said.
Finally, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, who previously served as White House press secretary and communications director, also resigned.
Recall that Trump supporters had earlier broken into the Capitol. The session was suspended just minutes after it began. Then Congress did confirm the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. A total of four people were killed at the protests in Washington.
In response, the leader of Congress called for Trump’s early departure. Pelosi called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution and replace Trump in office.