Top Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham resigns

Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE, a longtime aide to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' MORE, has resigned, she confirmed in a statement to The Hill on Wednesday evening.

“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," Grisham said.

Grisham served as the first lady's communications director and chief of staff, with a brief stint as the White House press secretary in between. Her resignation came in response to pro-Trump rioters storming the Capitol building, CNN reported.


The first lady has not publicly commented on the mobs at the Capitol, which came after President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE urged them to go protest the certification of electoral votes making Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE the next president. Grisham had not responded earlier in the day to a request for comment from The Hill.

Thousands of Trump supporters descended on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as a joint session of Congress prepared to certify the electoral votes as the president argued lawmakers should block the certification.

In an address to supporters at the White House Ellipse on Wednesday morning, Trump urged attendees to march to the Capitol and make their voices heard. Shortly after the joint session convened, rioters breached the building, prompting the evacuation of Vice President Pence, lawmakers, staff and press.

Trump has done little to quell the unrest, and has instead offered his tacit approval for those wanting to challenge the results. In a series of tweets that have since been blocked by Twitter, Trump told supporters to "go home" while simultaneously arguing his election defeat was "fraudulent" and that they were "special."

"These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long," Trump tweeted. "Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!"


Several former White House officials condemned the violence in Washington or called on Trump to do more to stop it. Ex-White House communications director and Pence aide Alyssa Farah posted multiple tweets urging an end to the riots, while former chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief MORE said Trump's initial tweet calling for calm was insufficient.

But Grisham is a rare instance of a current White House official responding to the unrest. National security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienWhite House aides head for exits after chaos at Capitol Top Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham resigns Trump national security adviser defends Pence MORE tweeted his support for Pence, who drew Trump's wrath by saying he could not unilaterally reject electors for Biden.

Grisham was a Trump campaign aide before joining the administration as the first lady's spokeswoman. She took over as White House press secretary after Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump likely to form new super PAC We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE Sanders's departure in 2019.

Grisham returned to the East Wing in April having never held a formal press briefing as press secretary.