Mitch McConnell's wife Elaine Chao becomes latest official to abandon Trump as she and Mick Mulvaney resign

MITCH McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, is the latest official to abandon Donald Trump after she and Mick Mulvaney resigned.

The Transportation Secretary's quitting at the White House comes after violent riots broke out at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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"It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation," Chao said as she shared a letter on her resignation.

Her letter said of the riots: "As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside."

"Today, I am announcing my resignation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to take effect on Monday, January 11, 2020," she wrote.

Chao's resignation came after Mick Mulvaney, Trump's former Chief of staff and special envoy to Northern Ireland, resigned.

"I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay," he told CNBC on Thursday.

“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in,” Mulvaney added.

Following the riots in Washington, DC, on Wednesday afternoon, a wave of key White House staff stepped down, with more resignations rumored to come.

Stephanie Grisham, the current chief of staff for First Lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, according to a White House official.

White House social secretary Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta also resigned Wednesday effective immediately, a White House official told CNN.

White House press aide Sarah Matthews has also called it quits in response to the events.

Trump also appeared to admit defeat as he promised an "orderly transition" of power after Joe Biden was officially declared the president-elect.

After lawmakers were allowed back into the Capitol, a joint session of Congress reconvened and an Electoral College count of 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump was certified.

A statement was then released from the White House in which the president pledged an "orderly transition" on January 20.

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” it read.

“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. 

“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”

A person familiar with the matter told CNN that Trump's statement was "designed in part to stanch a wave of resignations from the West Wing and broader administration," according to reporter Kevin Liptak.

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