Several Trump officials resigned following a day of chaos at the Capitol[/caption]
In a letter to Trump obtained by CNBC, DeVos said she would depart on Friday and emphasized the need to set a good example for the younger generation.
“We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” DeVos wrote.
DeVos said that the behavior was “unconscionable” for the US and blamed Trump for his supporters’ protest that was aimed at preventing Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is an inflection point for me,” DeVos wrote.
“They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday,” she wrote.
Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, quit as Transportation Secretary after the Capitol riots[/caption]
Chao, who is Republican Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife, said in a letter on her resignation that “it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation.”
Her letter said of the riots: “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”
Chao’s resignation came after Mulvaney, Trump’s former chief of staff, resigned.
“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,” Mulvaney added.
Following the riots in Washington, DC, on Wednesday afternoon, a wave of key White House staff stepped down, with more resignations rumored to come.
Stephanie Grisham, the current chief of staff for First Lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, according to a White House official.
White House press aide Sarah Matthews has also called it quits in response to the events.
Trump told protesters to ‘go home’[/caption]
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” it read.
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A person familiar with the matter told CNN that Trump’s statement was “designed in part to stanch a wave of resignations from the West Wing and broader administration,” according to reporter Kevin Liptak.