United States: defections continue around Trump after violence on Capitol Hill

Donald Trump finds himself more and more isolated.

New resignations were registered among its ministers.


Text by: RFI Follow

2 min

After the violent eruption of pro-Trump protesters into the Capitol on Wednesday January 6, 2021, the outgoing president is increasingly isolated.

His last allies within the Republican camp are gradually distancing themselves less than two weeks from the end of his mandate.


Read more

The Minister of Education, Betsy Devos, was the second member of Donald Trump's cabinet, announced her resignation on Thursday, January 7.

She made it clear that Donald Trump's involvement in the situation on Capitol Hill on Wednesday was a tipping point for her.

A few hours earlier, it was the Minister of Transport, Elaine Chao, who took the door.

In total, they are ultimately 9 members of the Trump administration to

have taken the plunge

, but it is a bit late in the eyes of many.

On the Democrats' side, these resignations mean nothing.

These are rats leaving the sinking ship,

 " denounces Jackie Speier, elected to the House of Representatives.

Many Democrats call for the

immediate departure of the president

without waiting for the inauguration of January 20.

According to US media, several White House officials are still considering leaving their posts.

But some parliamentarians are encouraging these members of the administration to stay.

The urgency in their eyes is above all to ensure a stable transition instead of leaving Donald Trump alone in charge.

►Also listen: Journal d'Haïti et des Amériques - United States: What future for the Republican Party after the events in Washington?


Receive all the international news directly in your mailbox

I subscribe

Follow all the international news by downloading the RFI application


  • United States

  • Donald trump

On the same subject

United States: Nancy Pelosi calls for the removal of Donald Trump

United States: the role of elected Texans in the violence on Capitol Hill

United States: Congress marked by chaos, Donald Trump always more accused