Mick Mulvaney has quit the Trump administration in the wake of the Capitol riot, saying: “I can’t stay.”
He told the broadcaster: “I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay.
“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.”
It was the latest in a string of resignations following the deadly riot, which Mr Trump, his sons and his personal lawyer had incited from a podium outside the White House. Four people died in the violence.
Deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews, Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, and White House social secretary Rickie Niceta all quit on Wednesday night.
Mr Mulvaney has been proven catastrophically wrong in his prediction, made exactly one month ago, that his old boss would go quietly if he lost the election.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal on 7 November, he said: “I have every expectation that Mr Trump will be, act and speak like a great president should, win or lose.”