Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC
Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC
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Washington: Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, and White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews have resigned following violence at the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

US Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has also resigned, becoming the highest-ranking official in the White House to quit the administration in the aftermath of the attack.

US Media reported that more such resignations may follow. There are also reports saying that a number of Republican leaders and Cabinet officials believe Trump should be removed from office before January 20.

Grisham, who previously served as the White House press secretary before making way for current White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany in April, was the first to submit her resignation Wednesday.

"It has been an honour to serve the country in the White House," Grisham said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs Trump's mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration," Grisham said.

She is the first senior White House staffer to resign.

Matthews also tendered her resignation.

"As someone who worked in the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today," she said.

"I will be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power," Matthews said.

According to ABC News, White House social secretary Rickie Niceta also submitted her resignation in reaction to the violent protest by Trump supporters.

In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of angry supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday and clashed with police, resulting in casualty and multiple injuries and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.

This comes as thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in casualty and multiple injuries and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.

The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building on Wednesday, where members of the Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes.

Both the House and Senate and the entire Capitol were placed under a lockdown. Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations.

One woman who was shot inside US Capitol has died, CNN reported, quoting a spokesperson with the Metropolitan Police Department. Multiple officers were injured during the mob attack.

The protesters at the Capitol started to disperse following the enforcement of curfew in the national capital. However, dozens of protesters remained on the streets in defiance of the curfew.

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