A list of Trump administration officials resigning from office following the violent protests on Capitol Hill is growing. These include Minister of Education Betsy DeVos, Minister of Transport Elaine Chao, and the Chief of Staff of the first lady, as well as a senior official who deals with China.
DeVos filed her resignation on Thursday night, accusing Trump of sparking tension. "There is no doubt about the impact your rhetoric had on the situation and it is the turning point for me," she said in her resignation letter.
Chao, who is married to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, said in a tweet earlier in the day that she will be stepping down effective Monday. She said that the events "worried me deeply in ways that I just cannot put aside".
Thursday morning, Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump
The former chief of staff said he resigned as the US special envoy for Northern
"I can't do it. I can't stay," Mulvaney, also a former director of the White House Households Office, told CNBC.
Mulvaney's resignation followed one of Stephanie's
Grisham, Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to First Lady Melania Trump and Deputy
National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger, a China expert. White House Social House
Secretary Rickie Niceta and Assistant Press Secretary Sarah Matthews also resigned,
the Associated Press reported.
"We didn't sign up for what you saw last night," Mulvaney said
said. “We signed up to make America great again, we signed up for lower
Taxes and less regulation, ”he added.
Trump supporters broke through the Capitol on Wednesday and temporarily suspended the electoral college vote count. Congress later confirmed Joe Biden's victory in the November election.
Read: Congress confirms Biden's victory and Trump promises an "orderly transition" after the pro-Trump mob storms the Capitol
The attack on the Capitol came on the Wednesday after Trump
Afternoon again insisted with no evidence that he lost because of widespread
"We will never admit," he told a rally of his supporters nearby
the White House. “It doesn't happen. You don't admit when there's theft
After Biden's victory was confirmed, Trump made one
But as of late Thursday morning, at least one other official
had resigned and there was discussion of others.
Chao was the first cabinet secretary to quit.
The New York Times reported that others are considering stepping back in response to the siege of the Capitol. But national security adviser Robert O'Brien, who was alleged to be considering leaving, plans to stay, the Times reported, partly out of concern about not leaving anyone in government.
The resignation, who comes as Trump, has about two weeks
remaining in office has been criticized by some for being too late.
"The officers immediately for that
The harm done to the administration shouldn't be welcomed for giving up their two weeks. "
Just notice – and shouldn't be – just a few days before President Trump's term expires
able to take refuge in corporate boardrooms and universities after inauguration
Day, ”said Kyle Herrig, president of the government's Accountable.US monitoring group.
The surge rose Thursday after a better-than-expected report on the service sector and confirmation of Biden's victory and Trump's promise of an orderly change of government.