Betsy DeVos, Elaine Chao, Mick Mulvaney and others give up administration after siege on Capitol Hill
A list of Trump administration officials leaving after 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 top civil servant who deals with China.
DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday night, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. In her resignation letter, she cited the harmful effects of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the situation and that “it is the turning point for me”.
Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said in a tweet earlier in the day that she will step down, effective Monday. She said the events “worried me deeply in ways that I just cannot put aside”.
On Thursday morning Mick Mulvaney, former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, said he had resigned as the US special envoy for Northern Ireland.
“I can’t do it. I can’t stay, ”Mulvaney, also a former director of the White House Budget Office, told CNBC.
Mulvaney’s resignation was followed by Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and press secretary for First Lady Melania Trump, and Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger, a China expert. White House Social 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. “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.
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The Capitol attack came after Trump insisted again Wednesday afternoon with no evidence that he lost to widespread election fraud.
“We will never admit,” he told a supporter rally near the White House. “It doesn’t happen. You don’t admit when it comes to theft. ”
After Biden’s victory was confirmed, Trump promised an orderly transition.
But by late Thursday morning at least one other official had resigned and there was discussion of more.
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 said to be considering leaving, plans to stay, the Times reported, ending in part out of concerns about not leaving anyone in government.
The resignations, with Trump remaining in office for about two weeks, have been criticized by some as being too late.
“The officials directly responsible for the damage to the administration should not be applauded for giving up their two-week notice just days before President Trump’s term expires. They should not take refuge in boardrooms after the day of inauguration and universities by corporations, “said Kyle Herrig, president of the Accountable.US government guardian group.
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