Stephanie Grisham joined the Trump campaign in 2015 (Picture: Reuters)
Stephanie Grisham said in a statement today it was an ‘honor’ to serve the country in the White House and be part of the first lady’s ‘mission’ to help children.
Grisham was one of Trump’s longest-serving aides, having joined the campaign in 2015.
She served as the White House press secretary and never held a press briefing.
Wednesday’s violent occupation of the US Capitol by the president’s supporters sparked renewed conversations inside the White House about mass resignations by mid-level aides who are responsible for operations of the office of the president.
Two people familiar with the conversations said the aides were torn between fears of what more would happen if they left and a desire to register their disgust with their boss.
They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.
Grisham is the first one to become public, but she was soon followed by deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews.
A number of mid-level aides have quit, or are strongly considering it, after Trump supporters violently occupied the US Capitol (Picture: EPA)
‘As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today,’ Matthews said in a statement.
‘I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.’
Deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger has also stepped down from his role, as a string of further resignations are expected.
Pottinger handed in his resignation in dismay over the day’s events where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, according to Bloomberg.
He had reportedly had been planning to stand down on election day, but sources said the final straw was Trump’s part in inciting the unrest that saw one woman shot and three others dead.
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews soon followed Stephanie Grisham’s resignation (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger has also stepped down from his role (Picture: Getty Images)
The exodus from the Trump administration comes as the president has been accused of trying to freeze out his number two.
Vice President Chief of Staff Marc Short claimed Trump had revoked his White House access Wednesday after Mike Pence refused to bow to the president’s demand to overturn the election.
US news sources claim more aides, including national security adviser Robert O’Brien, are on the brink of leaving following the violence.
NBC News reported transportation secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, is also considering resigning.
And ABC News said White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, who also works in the East Wing with the first lady, has now submitted her resignation.
It was revealed earlier that Trump supporter and air force veteran Ashli Babbit was killed amid the chaotic scenes in Washington DC last night.
She was shot by officers as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalised and later died.
Two men and a woman also died in the area around the Capitol, but police did not directly link their deaths to the violence.
Washington police chief Robert Contee told reporters: ‘Each of the three appeared to have suffered medical emergencies which resulted in their deaths.’
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