Two senior White Home officers step down after Capitol violence, extra on the best way – sources

From Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two top advisors to First Lady Melania Trump resigned Wednesday after the violence on Capitol Hill, and other senior White House officials were considering resigning, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Deputy Matthew Pottinger . Sources familiar with the matter said.

Stephanie Grisham resigned as chief of staff of the First Lady after supporters of President Donald Trump forcibly occupied the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming the results of the presidential election.

“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been part of Ms. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration,” Grisham said in a statement.

Grisham, who served as the White House press secretary for a year before becoming the first lady’s chief of staff, didn’t say her resignation was a response to the violence in the country’s capital, but a source familiar with her decision said the violence be the last straw for them.

White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta also resigned, as did White House Assistant Secretary Sarah Matthews, two sources told Reuters.

O’Brien was also considering resigning, as was Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser who was a key voice on China policy within the government, two sources said.

“I’ve just spoken to Vice President Pence,” said O’Brien in a statement earlier Wednesday, adding, “I’m proud to be working with him.”

There was also talk at the White House that Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell could step down, a source said.

The White House declined to comment.

Several injuries have been reported and a woman was killed in hand-to-hand combat at the Capitol as Trump supporters responded to the president’s call to protest his loss in November’s presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump has repeatedly and unfoundedly claimed that the election was compromised by fraudulent votes.

Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th.

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