Mick Mulvaney resigns from Trump administration: 'I can't stay here'

Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE on Thursday resigned from his post as the special envoy to Northern Ireland following the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“I can’t stay here, not after yesterday,” Mulvaney said in an appearance on CNBC. “You can’t look at that yesterday and say I want to be a part of that in any way shape or form.” 

His resignation follows that of some other notable White House aides in the aftermath of the violence, including Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE, chief of staff to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report Jill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting MORE, and deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger.


National security adviser Robert O'Brien also reportedly considered stepping down on Wednesday, according to several reports.

Mulvaney said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more resignations as President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE winds down his final 13 days in office but added that he understood why some in the administration would still choose to stay.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of my friends resign over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours, and it’d be completely understandable if they did,” Mulvaney said. “Those who choose to stay, and I have talked some of to them, are choosing to stay because they are concerned that the president might put someone in to make things even worse.”

Trump appointed Mulvaney to the special envoy role in March after he had served as chief of staff from 2018 to 2020.

A mob of Trump supporters overtook the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College results, forcing both chambers to evacuate. The situation quickly spiraled out of control, with rioters entering both chambers and vandalizing statues and offices — including House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Tim Cook called Pelosi to say tech antitrust bills were rushed MORE’s (D-Calif.) office.

One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police, and three other people died after suffering “separate medical emergencies” near the Capitol grounds.

Congress affirmed Biden’s victory despite the riot, and Trump acknowledged there would be “an orderly transition of power" minutes after the certification.