Which members of Donald Trump’s team have resigned after violence in Washington?

Several members of Donald Trump’s team have resigned after his supporters stormed the Capitol and started a riot that left four people dead.

Leaders across the world have condemned the scenes in Washington, with many demanding he be impeached before his presidency officially ends on 20 January.

Mr Trump told those who took part in the looting to “go home” and to refrain from violence, but failed to condemn their behaviour.

He hit out at his vice president Mike Pence for “not having the courage” to breach the constitution and intervene in yesterday’s verification of the election result in Congress.

But while Mr Pence remains a member of Team Trump, others have been unable to condone his actions and have resigned.

Here Sky News looks at which members of White House staff have quit:

Matt Pottinger, deputy national security adviser

Mr Pottinger resigned on Thursday in response to the violent scenes in Washington, a senior administration official told Reuters.

He has been a key figure in the president’s policies towards China and joined the White House at the beginning of his term in 2017.

Previously he worked as a journalist, but quit to join the US Marines in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Pottinger has not yet spoken publicly about his departure.

Mick Mulvaney, special US envoy to Northern Ireland

Mr Mulvaney served as acting chief of staff to the president from 2019 to 2020, when he was given the brief of Northern Ireland.

He told CNBC on Thursday that he rang Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the previous evening to say he was resigning.

“I can’t do it, I can’t stay,” he told the network.

“We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night. We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation.”

He also claimed that some senior White House officials are choosing to stay because they fear he might replace them with “someone worse” before he leaves office in two weeks.

Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff to the first lady

Ms Grisham did not explicitly state that she was resigning as a result of the violence.

But she said on Thursday: “It has been an honour 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.”

The former top aide to Melania Trump spent a year as White House press secretary before moving to her team.

Sarah Matthews, deputy White House secretary

Ms Matthews resigned late on Wednesday, while Congress was still presiding over the certification of the election result.

She said she was “deeply disturbed” by what went on in the Capitol.

“I was honoured to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted,” she wrote in a statement.

“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today.

“I’ll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Rickie Niceta, White House social secretary

Alongside Stephanie Grisham, Anna Christina “Rickie” Niceta were among the longest serving in Donald Trump’s administration.

She was given the role of social secretary – which organises events such as Halloween and state picnics at the White House – in February 2017, soon after he came to office.

Ms Riceta has not commented on her decision to leave, but it was confirmed by a White House official to Reuters.

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