President Donald Trump releases video in response to the Capitol riot
Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced his resignation on Thursday
Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday announced his resignation as special envoy for Northern Ireland, joining a growing number of officials leaving the Trump administration after the President’s supporters invaded the Capitol building..
«I cannot stay, – Mulvaney said on CNBC. – I spoke with several people who chose to stay. They decided so because they fear that the president might put someone worse in their place.».
Mulvaney, who also previously headed the White House’s Budget Office, announced his resignation to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday night..
John Costello, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intelligence and Security, also resigned shortly after Mulvaney’s announcement..
«Yesterday’s events were an unprecedented attack on the very essence of our democracy, and this attack was provoked by the current president, – said Costello in «Twitter». – The President has long ignored and belittled the rule of law and the Constitution. Yesterday, this resulted in incitement to mutiny against Congress to overturn officially recognized and legitimate election results.».
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, who has been a leading figure in policy towards China, resigned on Wednesday. Pottinger made the decision in response to the Capitol riots, according to a senior administration official..
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian asked Pottinger to stay in office to ease the transition, but the source said Pottinger «already completed these tasks».
The first to leave her post was the head of the Melania Trump administration, Stephanie Grisham, who previously worked as a press secretary for the White House. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews resigned shortly after, and then – Secretary of Protocol Rikki Niseta.
Matthews said she was also worried about the violence on Capitol Hill.
«I have been honored to serve in the Trump administration and I am proud of the initiatives we have undertaken, – said Matthews. – As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today. I am leaving office immediately. Our people need a peaceful transfer of power».
According to sources, new resignations may follow in the coming days. The White House does not comment yet