Several White House officials have resigned from their posts in the wake of the riots that broke out in Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Thousands of Donald Trump loyalists marched on Washington in protests intended to pressure lawmakers to reject the 2020 election results. At least four people were killed, while 52 others were arrested. Other officials are considering whether to hand in their resignations, following the scenes of mayhem in the US capital.
Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, chief of staff of First Lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, White House social secretary, Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta and Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews were among the most notable officials to resign from their posts in response to the Capitol Hill riots.
“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today,” Matthews said in a statement, as reported by Al Jazeera. “I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”
Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien are also considering severing ties with Trump’s crumbling administration.
The Capitol Hill riots have sent Americans and observers around the world into a state of shock as images continue to emerge of pro-Trump protesters launching an assault on the country’s near-250-year-old democracy.