Following the invasion of the US Capitol building by supporters of Donald Trump, the president’s loyalists have started leaving in droves.
The American leader’s ratings have even dropped to an all-time low after his supporters breached the historic complex on Wednesday, January 6.
Since a mob of the president’s staunch supporters stormed the halls of Congress, there has been a number of resignations from the White House.
Most of the president’s appointee’s blamed their departures on the violent riot at the Capitol. Their exit is coming less than two weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
This piece by Legit.ng presents the list of the 12 Republican senators who have expressed determination to object to Biden’s victory,
1. Special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney, former chief of staff to the president from January 2019 until March 2020 and current special envoy to Northern Ireland resigned after the chaos.
He called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, January 6, to notify him of his resignation stressing that he could no longer stay.
2. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos
Trump’s education secretary submitted her resignation in protest over the invasion of the US Capitol. DeVos said Trump’s role in spurring the mob that breached the building was “the inflection point.”
In her resignation letter to Trump, she said:
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for m.”
3. Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao
Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was the first member of Trump’s cabinet to resign.
The longtime Trump defender made the announcement of her resignation hours before DeVos on Thursday, January 7.
Chao who has split with the president over his refusal to accept election defeat stated that she will be stepping down effective January 11.
4. Deputy National Security Adviser, Matthew Pottinger
Matt Pottinger resigned his appointment as the deputy national security adviser on Wednesday afternoon, January 6.
The White House deputy national security adviser described President Trump’s action as a total disgrace. He also blamed Trump’s incitement of the protesters as the reason for his exit.
5. Chief of staff to the first lady Stephanie Grisham
Grisham resigned after the violent protests in the country. She submitted her resignation letter on Wednesday, January 6. However, she did not indicate if her move was occasioned by the mayhem in the US Capitol.
Stephanie had earlier served as the White House communications director. Melania, the wife of the president later hired her for the East Wing in the same capacity.
6. White House press aide, Sarah Matthews
Sarah resigned from her position claiming she was disturbed by the protests in the first world country. In her resignation letter, Sarah condemned the violence and championed a peaceful transfer of power.
7. White House social secretary, Anna Cristina Niceta
Anna also stepped down on Wednesday, January 6, effective immediately. The longtime Washington event planner was hired as White House Social Secretary in 2017.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that US Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
Two people familiar with Pence’s plans confirmed that the outgoing VP would attend the January 20 inauguration unlike the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
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