Two former Trump administration officials, Sara Matthews, a former deputy press officer, and Matthew Pottinger, a former national security adviser, testified before the select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection about their reactions to a tweet from then-President Donald Trump criticizing his vice president, Mike Pence, for failing to stop the certification of the 2020 election vote count. Pottinger said the tweet “greatly upset him and he decided to resign from the White House at that point.” For his part, Matthews said it was “obvious” that the situation on Capitol Hill was violent and rapidly escalating, so Trump’s tweet “was giving the green light to people there” and that having seen the president’s impact on his supporters said tweet was “to add fuel to the fire and make everything much worse”.

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