White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger has resigned, according to media reports, joining a number of officials who are leaving the administration of Donald Trump in the wake of violence on Capitol Hill.
Mr Pottinger resigned on Wednesday afternoon in response to the President’s reaction to a mob of protesters who breached the U.S. Capitol, CNN reported, citing a person close to Mr Pottinger. Bloomberg first reported his resignation, a leading figure in the development of Trump’s China policy.
The White House had no immediate comment.
Two top aides to first lady Melania Trump also resigned on Wednesday, while Mr Pottinger’s boss, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, was considering quitting, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Stephanie Grisham resigned as chief of staff to the first lady.
The White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta, also resigned, as did a deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews, two sources told Reuters.
There was also talk inside the White House that deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell might resign, a source said.