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White House officials resign after violent siege on Capitol


  • Some White House officials resigned from their posts following a violent siege of the US Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday.
  • Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham, and Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger all resigned on Wednesday.
  • Reports say Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Lidell are also considering resigning.
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Some White House officials have resigned from their posts following a violent siege of the US capitol by a mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday.

Members of the House and Senate were meeting for a joint session to certify the Electoral College results when lawmakers were forced to evacuate as rioters breached the Capitol building after participating in a “March for Trump” rally.

Following the insurrection, a number of White House officials submitted their resignations while reports emerged that more may come.

Sarah Matthews, deputy press secretary, announced her resignation in a statement shared with news outlets on Wednesday, saying she will be stepping down immediately.

“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today,” she said. “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, was the first to submit her resignation on Wednesday afternoon, CNN reported

“I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration,” she said in a statement, NBC News reported.

Grisham previously served as White House communications director and press secretary.

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Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger also resigned Wednesday afternoon, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs, who said he is among a number of officials “dismayed” by the siege and “Trump’s role in inciting violence.”

Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta, the White House social secretary, also resigned Wednesday, a source told ABC News.

NBC News reported Elaine Chao, transportation secretary, is considering resigning in the wake of Wednesday’s events. Chao is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate.

CNN reported National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien is also considering resigning. But Bloomberg’s Jacobs reported sources said O’Brien will not depart early, but will stay on for the last two weeks of Trump’s term.

She also said some Trump loyalists were among the numerous White House aides who thought about resigning today in response to the Capitol siege.

CNN also reported Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Lidell plans to resign tomorrow.





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