Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Wednesday, several senior White House officials have resigned, with others reportedly considering whether or not to resign.
The extraordinary events in which four people died led to reports that some senior administrative officials were debating the use of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power or resign himself.
On Thursday morning, some of the senior officials allegedly considering resigning, such as National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, appeared to be serving the last two weeks of Trump’s tenure instead. O’Brien was reportedly persuaded by some of his colleagues to remain at his post.
While there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how widespread resignations will be, several White House staff have resigned:
Matt Pottinger, Deputy National Security Advisor Stephanie Grisham, Chief of Staff to First Lady Melania Trump Sarah Matthews, Deputy Press Secretary Rickie Niceta, White House Social Secretary Mick Mulvaney, Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and Former White House Chief of Staff Ryan Tully, Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs at National Security Councilor John Costello, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
“As someone who worked in the convention halls, I was deeply concerned about what I saw today,” Matthews said in a statement. “I will be stepping down from my role with immediate effect. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power. “
The president’s incitement to the uprising also drew a reprimand from Congress, where the House and Senate gathered to reiterate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, and Democrats began to openly talk about impeachment and to discuss the 25th amendment. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said in the Senate, “What happened today was a riot instigated by the President of the United States.”
Earlier Thursday morning, two months after election day and the day the blood was spilled in the U.S. Capitol, Trump appeared to commit to an orderly transition to the Biden administration.
“Although I disagree with the election result at all and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20,” the president said in a statement.
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