Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s former acting White House chief of staff, revealed Thursday that he had resigned from his current role as the U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, and predicted more administration officials would soon be departing in the aftermath of pro-Trump rioters’ deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol.
"It’s a small job. It’s a part-time gig," Mulvaney told CNBC of his diplomatic post. "But it’s all I’ve got in the administration. I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know, to tell him that I would be resigning from that. I just, I can’t do it. I can’t stay."
Mulvaney said he had discussed his potential resignation earlier Wednesday night with his family, and on Thursday morning, he said he "wouldn’t be surprised to see more of my friends resign over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours."
Mulvaney’s departure means at least four high-profile administration officials have resigned since the Trump supporters breached the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon — a riot that resulted in four deaths and lawmakers being forced to shelter in place as both chambers of Congress went into lockdown.
The other officials who have stepped down include the first lady’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, White House social secretary Rickie Niceta and White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien and White House deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell are also considering resigning. Numerous lawmakers have also expressed new support for impeachment proceedings aimed at ensuring Trump does not serve out the remaining two weeks of his term and is ineligible to hold federal office in the future.
On Thursday morning, Mulvaney said he had not "talked to the president enough in the last eight months" to personally determine whether Trump was still fit for office. "I don’t have an insight as to what’s going on in his mind. Certainly, I do talk to my friends who are in there," he said, adding that reported deliberations about the 25th Amendment are "not at all surprising."
"Let’s back into it, okay? You don’t get to where you got to yesterday with something that’s normal. OK? That’s not normal activity for any citizen, let alone a president of the United States," Mulvaney said. "So it’s not surprising that you’re hearing that discussion this morning."
Many administration officials "are wondering, ‘If I do resign today, who’s going to take my place, and will it make it better or will it make it worse?’" Mulvaney said, adding: "There’s soul-searching going on at a bunch of different levels. It does not surprise me at all that the 25th Amendment is being discussed."