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.
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.
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.
It has been an honor to serve the country in the @WhiteHouse . I am very proud to have been a part of @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP mission to help children everywhere, & proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration. Signing off now – you can find me at @OMGrisham ❤️🇺🇸— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) January 7, 2021
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.
BREAKING: Deputy nat sec adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon. Pottinger among WH officials dismayed by protesters’ attack and Trump’s role in inciting violence. Pottinger had intended to resign election day, regardless of outcome, but stayed at O’Brien’s request.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 7, 2021
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.
The White House social secretary Rickie Niceta has submitted her resignation tonight in reaction to today’s protest, a source with direct knowledge tells @ABC— John Santucci (@Santucci) January 7, 2021
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.
Another top national security aide resigned — Confirming that Ryan Tully, the NSC senior director for Europe and Russia affairs resigned. First reported by @JenniferJJacobs. Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger resigned yesterday.— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) January 7, 2021