Nearly a week after a mob of President Trump’s supporters laid siege to the Capitol, the president finds himself increasingly besieged: abandoned by big businesses, institutions and his own acting homeland security chief just as Washington and state capitols are bracing for renewed threats leading up to Inauguration Day.
A president who famously demands loyalty has found himself increasingly cut off. Even New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, who publicly supported Mr. Trump when he ran for office, has spurned him, turning down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, because of the “tragic events of last week” a reference to the deadly riot.
Schools have stripped Mr. Trump of honorary degrees. The P.G.A. of America announced it would no longer hold a major tournament at Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf club. Mr. Trump’s primary lender for two decades, Deutsche Bank, said it has decided not to do business with Mr. Trump or his company in the future, according to a person familiar with the bank’s thinking. Twitter has permanently suspended Mr. Trump’s account, while Facebook barred him at least through the end of his term on Jan. 20.
Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary for the Homeland Security Department, stepped down from his position on Monday. The department includes the Secret Service, which is leading inauguration security.
Mr. Wolf told employees of the Department of Homeland Security he would be stepping down in part because of court rulings that invalidated some of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, citing the likelihood that Mr. Wolf was unlawfully appointed to lead the agency. He did not address the Capitol riot in his letter.
White House officials, including several members of the cabinet, have resigned, saying they were deeply troubled by the deadly siege. Prominent Republicans have threatened to leave the party or called on Mr. Trump to resign.
Scores of the president’s supporters who participated in the Capitol riot are the subject of a nationwide manhunt, according to law enforcement officials. The Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are pursuing more than 150 suspects for prosecution, a number that is almost certain to grow, an official said.
Now, supporters of Mr. Trump are openly planning attacks in Washington and around the country in the days leading up to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration next Wednesday. The F.B.I. has sent information to local law enforcement agencies about the potential for armed protests outside all 50 state capitols, demonstrations that are being organized and promoted by far-right extremist groups like the Boogaloo movement.
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, who has verbally sparred with Mr. Trump for months over the president’s response to the pandemic, said his state would “have increased security” outside the State Capitol in Albany ahead of the inauguration.
In the days since the violent assault of the Capitol, more graphic images have emerged showing police officers outnumbered as they were defending it. A visual investigation by The Times found rioters outside the building dragged three officers into a mob that assaulted them as they lay defenseless on a stairwell. One rioter was caught on video beating an officer with the American flag.
A poll released by Quinnipiac University found that just 33 percent of Americans approved of Mr. Trump’s job performance — matching his lowest approval rating in four years of polling. The president could become the first to be impeached twice, after House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment on Monday, an effort that, if successful, could bar him from ever holding the office again.