A number of White House aides have now quit in the wake of riots in the US Capitol.
Deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger is the latest to step down from his role as a string of further resignations are expected.
Bloomberg was first to report that Pottinger, who was a leading figure in the development of the president’s China policy, handed in his resignation in disapproval of Trump’s involvement in inciting violence and unrest in Washington DC.
Sources said he had initially been planning to stand down on election day, but the events of yesterday were thought to have been the final straw.
The White House had no immediate comment.
He is the fourth aide to make his exit public as a flurry of staff appearing to be heading towards the doors of the White House following the terrifying events.
The chief of staff and press secretary for first lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, was the first to announce her resignation.
‘It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs Trump’s mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration,’ she said in a statement.
Despite delays to the process as a result of the riots the US Congress has just formally approved Joe Biden’s presidential election win, paving the way for him to be sworn in on January 20.
Despite refusing to accept he had lost, Trump said there would be an ‘orderly transition of power’ when Biden takes over as president.
Sources claim Cabinet secretaries are now discussing plans to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
Trump was accused of inciting the violence by appearing at a Save America protest and claiming the election had been ‘stolen’ from him.
His supporters then stormed the US Capitol, breached security and attempted to interrupt politicians’ declaration of Biden’s election win.
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