White House resignations: full list of Trump aides who have stepped down following Capitol Building riots

Elaine Chao, Betsy DeVos and Matt Pottinger are among the figures who have departed the White House

A swathe of White House officials have resigned following the storming of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

Supporters emboldened by the rhetoric of President Trump, overwhelmed police forces, breached the walls of Capitol building, rioted and looted before engaging in an armed standoff with security forces on Wednesday night, as lawmakers attempted to certify Joe Biden as the next US president.

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With Trump praising the rioters, and declaring his love for them, many members of his administration have resigned with two weeks of his presidency remaining.

Stephanie Grisham is one of the most high profile figures to step down following the riots in Washington DC (Getty Images)

Here's which officials stepped down following the violent events on January 6.

Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary

Elaine Chao said she was “deeply troubled” by Wednesday’s events and that she would step down on Wednesday.

In a statement she said: "I am tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country and I will never forget the commitment you have for this Department and the United States of America.”

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary

DeVos submitted a letter of resignation to Trump on Thursday describing the events as “unconscionable”.

She wrote: “there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me"

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"Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us. I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgement and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday."

Sarah Matthews, Deputy Press Secretary

In a statement on Wednesday night Matthews tended her resignation.

She wrote: "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 today. I'll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power."

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, a loyal supporter of the president and the First Lady, stepped down on Wednesday.

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In a statement she wrote: "It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs. Trump's mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration,"

Rickie Niceta, White House social secretary

An ABC source said that White House social secretary Rickie Niceta had resigned in reaction to the violent scenes in Washington DC.

She participated in the planning and execution of Mr Trump’s inaugural celebrations in 2017.

Matt Pottinger, Deputy national security adviser

Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger in reaction to the violence.

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs broke the news, tweeting: “Deputy nat sec adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon. Pottinger among WH officials dismayed by protesters' attack and Trump's role in inciting violence.

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"Pottinger had intended to resign election day, regardless of outcome, but stayed at [national security adviser Robert] O'Brien's request.

Mick Mulvaney, Special US envoy to Northern Ireland

President Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney stepped down from his diplomatic role.

Speaking on Squawk Box he said: “I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay”.

“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.”

Robert O'Brien and Chris Liddell

O’Brien and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell are also considering resigning, according to report from Bloomberg.

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Following the storming of the Capitol O’Brien tweeted support for vice president Mike Pence, who had decided against rejecting electoral college votes.

O’Brien tweeted: “I just spoke with Vice President Pence. He is a genuinely fine and decent man. He exhibited courage today as he did at the Capitol on 9/11 as a Congressman. I am proud to serve with him.”

According to Bloomberg sources the tweet was interpreted as an attack on Trump by White House staffers.