White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and US first lady Melania Trump's Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham are among the top staffers who submitted their resignations on Wednesday. These resignations come amidst the "unprecedented" violent protests at the US Capitol Hill by Trump supporters, a White House official confirmed. So far there have been four deaths during the reported siege and more than 50 people have been arrested. A protestor names Ashli Babbit reportedly died after being shot by the Capitol Police during the unrest.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews resigns from the Trump Administration in response to today’s events, reports Fox News#UnitedStates— ANI (@ANI) January 7, 2021
In a statement that she shared on Twitter, Grisham wrote, “It has been an honour to serve the country in the White House."
It has been an honor to serve the country in the @WhiteHouse . I am very proud to have been a part of @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP mission to help children everywhere, & proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration. Signing off now - you can find me at @OMGrisham ❤️🇺🇸— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) January 7, 2021
Grisham was a press secretary to the president before taking on the role of First Lady's Chief of Staff in 2017. She has been associated with Donald and Melania Trump since the former launched his campaign in 2015.
Meanwhile, Matthews, who left her key position in the wake of protests and rioting, said in a statement to ABC News, "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."
.@WhiteHouse Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews resigns from the Trump Administration in response to today’s events. I have always known her to be a good person who has the best interests of the nation at heart. pic.twitter.com/4ZMfmM2Zl3— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) January 7, 2021
Earlier on Wednesday, another person on Melania Trump's staff, White House social secretary Rickie Niceta also announced her resignation, CNN reported.
Others who are considering stepping down are National security adviser Robert O’Brien, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell, Trump’s Cabinet member and Transportation Secretary Eliane Chao, NBC News reported.