Several Trump Administration Officials Resign In Protest
By Bill Galluccio
January 7, 2021
Several staffers within the Trump administration have resigned in protest after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday (January 6) while a joint session of Congress was meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump.
Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who was serving as a special envoy to Northern Ireland, tendered his resignation on Wednesday evening.
"We didn't sign up for what you saw last night," Mulvaney told CNBC'sAndrew 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."
"But all of that went away yesterday, and I think you're right to ask the question as to 'how did it happen?'"
Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and John Costello, the Commerce Department's deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, also stepped down from their posts, along with the first lady's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, a press aide, and the White House social secretary.
Other members of the Trump administration, including national security adviser Robert O'Brien and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell, are also considering resigning in the wake of the chaos at the Capitol.
Mulvaney said that some staffers are willing to stay for the next two weeks to ensure an orderly transition of power.
"Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they're worried the president might put someone worse in," Mulvaney said.
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