The national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, confirmed that his deputy had resigned following the violence at the Capitol yesterday.
Reports of Matt Pottinger’s resignation emerged yesterday, hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.
“Matt Pottinger has served the nation and the Administration with distinction for the past four years. His work leads to a great awakening in our country and around the world to the danger posed by the Chinese Communist Party,” O’Brien said in a statement.
“Asking Matt Pottinger to serve as my deputy was my first act as NSA and it turned out to be one of my best decisions. As he heads West to rejoin his family in beautiful Utah, Matt does so with my appreciation for a job well done and with my enduring friendship.”
Several senior administration officials, including former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, have announced their resignations since the violence yesterday.
Among the president’s many critics, the resignations have been generally met with the question, “What took you so long?”
It appears the White House notified the Senate yesterday that it was withdrawing Chad Wolf’s nomination to lead the department of homeland security.
The White House sent a statement this morning announcing the withdrawal, hours after Wolf released a statement calling on Donald Trump to condemn the violence, prompting speculation that the acting DHS secretary was being punished for his comments.