White House official Sarah Matthews has announced she is “stepping down” from her role, but who is she and what did she say of the matter?
On Wednesday, January 6th 2021, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. was breached.
As highlighted by the BBC, Trump supporters stormed the premises to disrupt US Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s win. In the process, four people died.
In the wake of these scenes, the US Congress has certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election and he will be sworn in on Wednesday, January 20th 2021.
This was confirmed on Thursday, January 7th at a joint session, with Vice-President Mike Pence describing the violence that unfolded as a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol”.
Donald Trump told his supporters at the Capitol to “go home”, although he repeated false claims of electoral fraud; his social media accounts were then frozen.
In the midst of this, Sarah Matthews resigned…
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Who is White House official Sarah Matthews?
- Sarah Matthews was the White House Deputy Press Secretary, but she has stepped down in the wake of recent events at the Capitol.
Announcing her resignation, she explained:
“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today. I’ll be stepping down from my rope, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”
Addressing her role in the Trump administration, she added: “I was honored to serve in the Trump administration and proud of the policies we enacted.”
The role of a deputy press secretary tends to include assisting the press secretary and communications director with public outreach. This usually means that they will write press releases and media advisories for review by the press secretary and communications director.
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Follow Sarah Matthews on Twitter
You can find Sarah Matthews on Twitter at @SarahAMatthews1; she currently has 21.3k followers.
While Trump ordered supporters to “go home”, Matthews took to Twitter and wrote: “Violence is never the answer and attacking law enforcement is unacceptable. To those causing violence, listen to President @realDonaldTrump: ‘Go home. And go home in peace’. God bless our men and women in blue and please pray for our nation.”
First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham also announced her resignation on Wednesday, January 6th 2021.
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