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The chief of staff of the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, resigned immediately – one of a list of White House personnel who resigned from their jobs after the violent pro-Trump riots in Washington DC.

White House social secretary Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta also resigned immediately, a White House official told CNN.

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, resigned after protests in Washington DC. (AP)

Grisham and Niceta were among the Trump administration’s longest-serving officials.

Ms. Grisham began her tenure working for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 as a press fighter on the election campaign.

She entered the White House as an assistant press secretary under Sean Spicer, but in March 2017, Melania Trump hired her to her East Wing staff.

As the communications director for the east wing, Ms. Grisham quickly became the first lady’s most prominent employee, serving as an advocate, enforcer, and often protector.

The protests continue after the previous violence. (AP)

“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Ms. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration,” said the Ms. Grisham to CNN in a statement.

The first lady’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Niceta served as the administration’s sole social secretary, assuming the position in February 2017.

The social secretary directs and oversees all events at the White House, from small gatherings in the west wing to the annual Easter egg list, Halloween, state visits, and congressional picnics and galas.

Niceta did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

White House press aide Sarah Matthews also resigned Wednesday night, saying in a statement that she was honored to serve in the Trump administration but “was deeply disturbed by what I saw today.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to protest Joe Biden’s electoral college certification as president. (AP)

He added: “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Several top aides, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, are considering resigningaccording to multiple sources familiar with his thinking.

While there are only 14 days left in the Trump administration, and the last days of many attendees will come before January 20, many are disgusted by the president’s behavior and no longer believe they can serve him.

Inside the riots in the US Capitol

Whether more people will join in Grisham’s resignation remains to be seen, but the level of frustration within the White House is creating a growing sense that Trump will be more isolated than ever in his final days in office.


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