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Resignations are linked in the entourage of Donald Trump: the Secretaries of State for Transport and Education announced their departure on Thursday, as did other members of the administration.
<p>The movement is underway. Secretary of State for Transport Elaine Chao and Secretary of State for Education Betsy DeVos announced their resignation on Thursday, January 7, becoming the first two cabinet members to leave Donald Trump’s administration after the violence on Wednesday at the Capitol.
In an email, Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Wednesday’s violence had “deeply disturbed” her, adding that her resignation would be effective Monday.
Betsy DeVos also announced her resignation Thursday in a letter to the US president. “The impact of your rhetoric on the situation is not to be demonstrated, and for me it was a point of no return,” she wrote, adding that her resignation would be effective Friday.
Other departures were also announced: Thursday, Matt Pottinger, deputy national security adviser to the White House, announced his resignation. At least five other members of the US National Security Council have resigned, according to an administration official and a source familiar with the matter.
White House economic adviser Tyler Goodspeed has also resigned, according to a source.
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Two of Melania Trump’s top advisers, the “First Lady,” also resigned Wednesday. Stephanie Grisham, in particular, has stepped down as chief of staff. In her statement to announce her decision, the former White House press secretary made no mention of the incidents in Washington, but a source familiar with her decision said Wednesday’s violence had definitely convinced her.
Rickie Niceta and Sarah Matthews, members of the White House communications team, have also resigned, two sources told Reuters.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the announcements.
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While Donald Trump’s promise to “ensure a smooth transition of power” on January 20 is aimed at ending resignations, “it won’t stop anything,” a US official told Reuters.
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Matt Pottinger’s supervisor, was also considering resigning, sources told Reuters, as was White House Deputy Secretary General Chris Liddell.
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