This week has seen a record number of high-level resignations from the Trump administration.
Longtime Donald Trump adviser Hope Hicks will officially be joining the flood of outgoing aides next week, Fox News reported on Saturday, though she has reportedly made it clear to colleagues that her resignation is not due to Wednesday’s Capitol riots.
Preparing for transition
Hicks, who has been by Trump’s side as a senior adviser and press aide through most of his presidency, reportedly told colleagues that she’s been planning her resignation for some time.
Hicks has not yet made a public statement concerning her resignation, but it is said to be planned for sometime next week. President Trump will officially leave office on January 20th.
President Trump has finally relented on promises to fight Joe Biden’s installation as the 46th president of the United States, indicating that he will work with the Biden transition team to ensure a smooth transfer of power.
However, Trump’s circle of aides and confidants is dwindling in the aftermath of the riots that rocked the nation on Wednesday.
The backlash from Wednesday’s out-of-control demonstrations at the Capitol was swift and severe on both sides of the aisle.
Among the first White House aides to resign was one-time Trump Press Secretary and longtime Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham, followed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews.
Another longtime Trump loyalist, former acting White House Chief of Staff-turned envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney was soon to follow — though Mulvaney has a history of bailing on Trump when the chips are down.
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was the first cabinet member to tender her resignation, citing the riots as a direct motivation for leaving the administration.
Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos followed in Chao’s footsteps not long after, again citing the Capitol chaos for her abrupt departure.
A small circle of Trump loyalists appears to be ready to stick with the President all the way through the transition, however, including current Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.