President Trump remained invisible and offline on Thursday as his administration was rocked by fresh resignations and the condemnations of former allies a day after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol.
The president finally abandoned his attempt to hang on to power with a statement published online by an aide, but it was not enough to stem desertions or demands that Trump be removed from office.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao became the first member of the Cabinet to resign amid reports that other key officials were expected to follow.
Missing from the finger-pointing and claims of foul play was the voice of Trump himself. Banned from Facebook indefinitely and temporarily barred from Twitter for a string of messages that repeated unfounded claims about election rigging, the president stayed out of the limelight.
Instead, he spent part of his morning bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on one of his favorite golfers, Gary Player, and two other sports