08 January 2021 04:31
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, resigned Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking administration official to resign after President Donald Trump incited a mob of supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol. Chao said she would still assist her successor, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who President-elect Joe Biden previously named for the role. Chao's move comes a day after her husband, McConnell, went on the Senate floor and called out fellow Republicans for emboldening Trump's farce that Congress was able to overturn the presidential election results. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell resigned Thursday Chao became the highest-ranking administration official to resign after President Donald Trump's lackluster response to the mob that rushed Capitol Hill Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Melania Trump's Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intelligence and Security John Costello Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and former OMB Director and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney The National Security Council's Senior Director for Europe and Russia Ryan Tully Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews Advertisement Her resignation may muddle calls from top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would render Trump powerless with just 13 days left of his administration. Chao's resignation follows several other Trump staffers who have stepped down, citing the president's behavior.
Former White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has joined the growing list of officials hastily exiting the Trump administration – quitting his diplomatic post in protest of the effort to 'overtake the government.' 'I can't do it,' said Mulvaney, who called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another former House Republican, to convey his views. Mulvaney, a former House member from South Carolina who left Congress to join Trump's team, spoke out on CNBC hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol after being egged on to march there by President Trump and his unsupported claims of mass election fraud. Former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stepped down from his role as a special envoy to Northern Ireland. The vice president and 'a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide' must write to both the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, saying that 'the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.' The term principal officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries. Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the 15 'principal' Cabinet members would have to agree to notify Congress that President Donald Trump was incapable of running the country.
If Trump claims he is capable of holding office, he would write to the House Speaker and the president pro tempore of the Senate within four days, setting up three weeks of intense debate in both houses of Congress. Trump would be removed from office if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate agreed with Pence and his cabal. But installing a more loyal VP could be problematic since the 25th Amendment includes its own poison pill: Both houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president. I can't stay,' he said, relinquishing his post as special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland in the final weeks of the Trump Administration. Mulvaney, like other current and former lawmakers, watched a mob of trump supporters occupy and vandalize hallways they spent years frequenting – on a day when Congress ultimately counted the election certifications sent by 50 states and the District of Columbia formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's win. White House adviser Jared Kushner, center, flanked by his wife Ivanka Trump, left, and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, right, attend a dinner with President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Osaka, Japan. His blunt assessment came hours after Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has resigned from his role, becoming the latest White House official to quit in outrage over Donald Trump's response to the siege on the US Capitol. Pottinger handed in his resignation Wednesday in dismay over the day's events where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol sending the seat of the federal government into lockdown, according to Bloomberg. Pottinger's departure comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary who became chief of staff for Melania Trump, resigned her position on Wednesday effective immediately. Sources said Trump had revoked Vice President Chief of Staff Marc Short's White House access Wednesday after Mike Pence refused to bow to the president's demand that he overturn the election. Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger (center) has resigned from his role, as numerous White House officials are said to be outraged over Donald Trump's response to the siege on the US Capitol The National Security Advisor had tweeted his praise for Pence's handling of the situation in the Capitol earlier Wednesday, comparing his actions to his response during the September 11 terrorist attacks. Sources said Chris Liddell, assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, could be next in line to resign. Meanwhile, NBC News earlier reported that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, was also considering resigning. Grisham left because of the assault on the Capitol by the president's supporters and the way Donald Trump handled it, a former administration staffer still close to her told DailyMail.com. Grisham, the former White House press secretary who became chief of staff for Melania Trump, resigned her position on Wednesday Reports had surfaced throughout the day that some White House aides were considering resigning over the mob scene at the Capitol and Trump's lackluster response to it. Sources told Bloomberg it took numerous aides, including his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, 45 minutes to convince the president to even send a tweet condemning the violence. Vice President Chief of Staff Marc Short claimed Trump had revoked his White House access after Mike Pence refused to bow to the president's demand to overturn the election Trump's refusal to condemn the violence in the Capitol, which interrupted the constitutionally-mandated certification of the electoral college vote, drew criticism from several members of his own party and could lead to more people resigning in the coming days. The president told aides he had banned Pence's chief of staff from the West Wing today, multiple sources said. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, is considering resigning Grisham was one of President Trump's longest serving aides, having joined him during the 2016 presidential campaign and lasted until the final weeks of his administration. Grisham clashed with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows when he joined the administration. There were reports some White House aides were considering resigning over the mob scene at the Capitol and President Donald Trump's failure to condemn it Citing 'insiders who have worked for the White House over the past four years' and 'administration loyalists,' the New York Post claimed the first lady has been 'ill-served' by Grisham. (CNN) Two of President Donald Trump's Cabinet secretaries--Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos--are resigning over the riot Wednesday at the US Capitol. The secretaries were among a number of administration officials who announced they were leaving in the wake of a mob of pro-Trump supporters breaching the US Capitol. DeVos submitted a letter of resignation to Trump on Thursday, calling Wednesday's events "unconscionable for our country." Trump's deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon. Chao decided to resign after taking "time to absorb" the insurrection on Capitol Hill and the President's response to it, a senior administration official said. The official said Chao's decision to resign on Monday--not immediately--was done in order to give her staff time for an orderly departure and transition. Chao discussed the matter with her staff and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, before deciding around 11 a.m. that she would resign. Before releasing her statement, Chao called White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to inform him of her decision, the senior official said. Several of her senior staff were considering resigning as well, but were "talked out of it" by Chao, this official said. Chao had until now remained a dutiful foot soldier for the President, appearing at White House events and traveling the country to view administration-sponsored projects. She served in both Bush administrations, acting as labor secretary for all eight years of President George W.