Yesterday’s violent protests in the Capitol are taking its toll on President Donald Trump as two secretaries tendered their resignations in protest.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are the new names in the list of aides leaving Trump’s administration.

Chao, the wife of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, sent an email to staff expressing her anger at the mob attack, saying she was deeply troubled by the incidents.

Her resignation will take effect on Monday.

Betsy DeVos

In her letter to Trump, DeVos termed the attack as “unconscionable.”

She wrote to Trump that there was no doubt that his rhetoric had an impact on the situation.

Her resignation would be effective on Friday.

Earlier, Trump’s deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, a leading aide on China policy, resigned on Wednesday, said a senior official.

On Thursday, five senior directors at the White House National Security Council responsible for advising Trump on Russia, the Middle East, Africa, defense policy and weapons of mass destruction, tendered resignations.

Tyler Goodspeed, acting chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, also stepped down, a source said.

First lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, also resigned on Wednesday. White House social secretary Rickie Niceta and Sarah Matthews, a deputy White House press secretary, also quit.

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