The vice president, who remained loyal to Mr. Trump for four years to the point of obedience, was angry in response to the president’s public attack. Sen. James M. Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, told The Tulsa World that Mr. Pence had expressed a private sense of betrayal by Mr. Trump “after all the things I’ve done for him.”
Even when the vice president had to be evacuated during Wednesday’s siege, the president never consulted with him personally to make sure he was well. Secret service agents wanted the vice president to leave the building, but he refused and took refuge in the basement, according to two officials. Congress leaders were sent to Fort McNair for their safety, but the vice president later urged them to complete the Capitol census.
He was not the only one who felt betrayed by the president. At the White House, aides were irritated and depressed, convinced that Mr. Trump had indeed invalidated four years of work and ensured that his presidency would be marked in history by his image of sending a mob to the Capitol in an attack on democracy.
Ms. Chao resigned a day after her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, forcibly rejected Mr. Trump’s efforts to cancel the election. “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and completely inevitable event, as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building after a rally he addressed,” she wrote in her resignation letter. “Since I’m sure it’s the case with many of you, it worries me deeply in a way I just can’t put aside.
In her own letter, Ms. DeVos placed the responsibility for the chaos directly at Mr. Trump’s feet. “There is nothing wrong with the impact your rhetoric has had on the situation, and that is the breaking point for me,” she wrote, just weeks after Mr Trump pardoned four security executors convicted of war crimes in Iraq during at work for her brother, Eric Prince.