Trump Admin Hit by String of Resignations in Wake of Capitol Chaos: 'I Can't Stay Here'


Several members of the Trump administration have resigned following the incursion of the Capitol on Wednesday, according to reports.

Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has reportedly resigned. His boss, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, considered leaving as well but was persuaded to stay by other members of the administration, Bloomberg reported.

Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell is reportedly also considering a resignation.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, Social Secretary Rickie Niceta and East Wing Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham have all handed in their notices, according to Fox News.

“I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted,” Matthews told Fox on Wednesday.

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“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today.

“I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, also turned in his resignation as a special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland.

“I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know that I’d be resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mulvaney said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” segment.

“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked to a couple of them, are choosing to stay because they are concerned that the president might put someone in to replace them that could make things even worse.”

“But I can’t stay here.”

He added that he expects other officials to soon resign as a result of the riots in the Capitol.

“We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night,” Mulvaney later told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.

“We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The president has a long list of successes that we can be proud of.”

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“But all of that went away yesterday, and I think you’re right to ask the question as to ‘how did it happen?'”

Ryan Tully, the senior director for European and Russian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, has also resigned, Fox News reported.

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The White House had not released any public comment regarding the resignations as of Thursday morning, nor had first lady Melania Trump addressed the loss of Grisham — who previously served as the White House press secretary.

“The folks who spent time away from our families, put our careers on the line to go work for Donald Trump, and we did have those successes to look back at, but now it will always be, ‘Oh yeah, you work for the guy who tried to overtake the government,'” Mulvaney told CNBC.

“That legacy is gone as of yesterday and that’s extraordinarily disappointing to those of us who work for him.”

Several lawmakers have blamed President Trump’s rhetoric since the 2020 election for Wednesday’s chaos on Capitol Hill.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Prescott, Arizona
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