National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell have spoken to confidants about leaving.
Following the insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday, three of President Donald Trump’s top staffers are considering tendering their resignations.
Per multiple sources familiar with the situation, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell have spoken to confidants about leaving the administration as early as Wednesday night.
Sources also said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called all three staffers and asked them to hold off resigning at least through Wednesday night.
Should they leave the administration just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House, it would prove the largest repudiation yet of Trump’s decision to foment the insurrection and fan the flames of violence.
“They’re out. They’re out for sure,” a senior White House staffer told me on the condition of anonymity to discuss the staffers’ thinking. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
So far, only one White House official has resigned in the wake of the violence at the Capitol: first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, who also previously worked as President Trump’s White House communications director and press secretary.
Author: Alex Ward