National security aides join exodus of Trump staffers

Two of President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE's national security aides joined a group of administration officials stepping down from their positions after pro-Trump protesters rioted in the Capitol building on Wednesday.

Deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and Ryan Tully, the White House National Security Council's senior director for European and Russian affairs, have both resigned, a former official familiar with the situation confirmed on Thursday. 

Bloomberg News was the first to report Pottinger’s resignation. He left over the president’s reaction to the mob spreading in the Capitol building, according to CNN.


National security adviser Robert O’Brien also reportedly considered stepping down, but was convinced to remain in his role. 

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, now an envoy to Northern Ireland, announced his resignation early Thursday. 

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, Trump's former press secretary who served as chief of staff for first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE, also stepped down on Wednesday, in addition to other officials. 

The president on Wednesday lauded supporters at a protest dubbed the “Save America Rally” in the nation’s capital to demonstrate against the results of the 2020 presidential election and to call on lawmakers to object to the certification of Electoral College votes affirming President-elect BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE's win.

Trump addressed thousands of supporters outside of the White House prior to the riot in the Capitol, claiming without evidence that there was widespread fraud in the race for the White House.

“You never concede when there is theft involved," he said.


Four people died on Wednesday amid protests and rioting in the Capitol building, including one woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police. Three others died after suffering “separate medical emergencies” near the grounds of the Capitol.

More than 50 people have been arrested in the wake of the demonstrations, which caused evacuations on Capitol Hill. At least 14 law enforcement officers sustained injuries during the demonstrations. 

Congress early Thursday formally affirmed victory in the presidential election after the complex was secured.

Afterward, Trump acknowledged the end of his term in the Oval Office and vowed that there will be an “orderly transition" of power on Jan. 20. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the staff departures.

— Morgan Chalfant contributed to this report, which was updated at 11:32 a.m.