Reputation worries were just one of many emotions that seeped away from White House aides after the unrest. Throughout the tenure, officials debated whether to resign after watching the president encourage protesters to march to the Capitol.
Some Trump aides mocked those who chose to leave, arguing that knowing and enduring scandal to work for Trump is scandal.
“Personally, I think Charlottesville was worse than yesterday and if you haven’t resigned after that, it’s kind of chicken shit to do so 14 days before the transfer of power,” said a senior Trump administration official. “It shows a lot of selfishness. “Let’s do it over me.” I’m resigning because I don’t like what happened. “
Others in the administration had work advantages in mind. Some wondered if it was worth burning more paid vacation time that they could earn. Some have been reluctant to leave before their official off-boarding date as this may prevent them from being eligible for unemployment benefits when they start looking for a job.
And what future employment opportunities there would be, others wondered.
“This,” said one administration official of what happened on Wednesday, “will harm us trying to find work.”
The Trump administration subordinate was unimpressed by his colleagues who had fled the scene and said they looked at “mother-of-pearl clips to save the face for future employment.” A more enterprising man – like him – might turn the siege of the Capitol into an advantage when it comes time for future interviews.
“If anything, I hope to throw [Wednesday] Someday as “Look when you want to talk about an employee who can continue to produce and have a good attitude in the most difficult situations, with the highest effort and pressure. [that’s me]”Said the officer. He stressed that he would not tolerate violence.
When asked if he wanted to resign over the unrest, the official said he had already submitted his resignation letter, but it is January 20 when all political candidates will have to leave anyway.
“Many of us want [also] Build up as much vacation time as possible so that we can pay off what we have planned because many of us will be unemployed for some time because it was set to be an extraordinarily difficult time, “the official said.
With only a few weeks left in the Trump administration and other people working from home due to the pandemic, the current workforce in the White House can best be described as “changing”. Two former White House officials said the west wing was “barebones” and “extremely empty”.
“Yesterday was just completely counterproductive and damaging the movement,” said one of the former White House officials.
One third The former senior White House official said the statement Trump made early Thursday morning to deputy chief of staff for communications, Dan Scavino’s Twitter account, saying he would accept a peaceful transfer of power was in part an attempt To stop mass resignations.
It wasn’t successful. At least six other Trump officials announced their resignation Thursday: Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; Special Representative for Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney; Tyler Goodspeed, acting chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Mark Vandroff, a senior officer on the National Security Council and senior commercial officer, John Costello.
On Thursday evening, Trump published a video that this time admitted his loss and urged calm and reconciliation.
Some of those who have left the administration upset Trump for attacking his supporters while glossing over the role they may have played in making the president possible.
“Clear [Trump] is not the same as it was eight months ago, “former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNBC after stepping down from his special envoy position.
The departures, however, had a secondary effect: leaving the president surrounded by an ever smaller group of true loyalists. This group includes helpers like Scavino and HR manager John McEntee, who have firmly attached their sails to Trump. It also includes those who have indulged Trump in conspiracy theories about election fraud for the past two months and who never seem interested in bringing bad news to the president. “[Mark] Meadows was so scared that he just told him everything he wanted to hear, “said a former White House official.
Before Trump released his video on Thursday, he was completely in the limelight and avoided the press, even as he held an event where he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two golfers. He was unable to tweet due to new restrictions on Twitter and Facebook. He still can’t post on Facebook.
The work of the administration continued, albeit in unusual directions. One administrative officer said he spent part of Thursday helping coworkers get approval for title changes – such as moving from acting to a permanent position – “just because it obviously looks better on a resume.”
Others in the Trump world spent the day erasing their experience at the Trump White House entirely from their résumés.
“You go to the White House to work because you want to serve your country in literally the most amazing building and most powerful place in the world with the best of intentions, and then something like that happens and of course you’re embarrassed,” said one of former White House officials.
Gabby Orr contributed to this article.