Wave of resignations after Capitol Hill siege

First Published Jan 8, 2021, 11:57 AM IST

Members of the outgoing Donald Trump administration continued to fire in their resignation letter in the aftermath of yesterday's Capitol Hill siege. Here's a look at who all have resigned while blaming Donald Trump for inciting the mob that wreaked havoc in the national capital.

<p><strong>Betsy DeVos, education secretary</strong></p>

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Reason: "There is no mistaking the impact your (Donald Trump) rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me. The eyes of America's children and students -- the rising generation who will inherit the republic we leave them -- are watching what is unfolding in Washington today. We must set a better example for them, and we must teach them the solemn obligations and duties that come with the title 'American.'"</p>

Betsy DeVos, education secretary


Reason: "There is no mistaking the impact your (Donald Trump) rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me. The eyes of America's children and students -- the rising generation who will inherit the republic we leave them -- are watching what is unfolding in Washington today. We must set a better example for them, and we must teach them the solemn obligations and duties that come with the title 'American.'"

<p><strong>Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary</strong></p>

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Reason: "Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I am sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside."</p>

Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary


Reason: "Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I am sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside."

<p><strong>Tyler Goodspeed, acting Council of Economic Adviser chairman</strong></p>

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Reason: "The events of yesterday made my position no longer tenable."</p>

Tyler Goodspeed, acting Council of Economic Adviser chairman


Reason: "The events of yesterday made my position no longer tenable."

<p><strong>Matt Pottinger, Deputy National Security Advisor</strong></p>

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Reason: Dismayed by the attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump's incitement of protesters</p>

Matt Pottinger, Deputy National Security Advisor


Reason: Dismayed by the attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump's incitement of protesters

<p><strong>Mick Mulvaney, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland</strong></p>

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Reason: "We didn't sign up for what you saw last night. 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. 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."</p>

Mick Mulvaney, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland


Reason: "We didn't sign up for what you saw last night. 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. 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."

<p><strong>Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's Chief of Staff</strong></p>

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Reason: "It has been an honour to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Melania Trump's mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration."</p>

Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's Chief of Staff


Reason: "It has been an honour to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Melania Trump's mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration."

<p><strong>Sarah Matthews, Deputy White House Press Secretary</strong></p>

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Reason: "I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted. As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw. I will be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power."</p>

Sarah Matthews, Deputy White House Press Secretary


Reason: "I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted. As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw. I will be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power."

<p><strong>Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, White House Social Secretary</strong></p>

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Reason: Dismayed by the attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump's incitement of protesters</p>

Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, White House Social Secretary


Reason: Dismayed by the attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump's incitement of protesters

<p><strong>John Costello, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Security at the Department of Commerce</strong></p>

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Reason: "Yesterday's events were an unprecedented attack on the core of our democracy—incited by a sitting president. The president has long disregarded and diminished the rule of law and the constitution. Yesterday that culminated in violent sedition against the U.S Congress for the purposes of overturning a legally recognized and valid election. I am sorry to leave that work unfinished, but yesterday’s events leave me no choice."</p>

John Costello, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Security at the Department of Commerce


Reason: "Yesterday's events were an unprecedented attack on the core of our democracy—incited by a sitting president. The president has long disregarded and diminished the rule of law and the constitution. Yesterday that culminated in violent sedition against the U.S Congress for the purposes of overturning a legally recognized and valid election. I am sorry to leave that work unfinished, but yesterday’s events leave me no choice."

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