Trump tabs Rep. Meadows as chief of staff replacing Mick Mulvaney
Trump names Mark Meadows as chief of staff
President Trump tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., will become the White House chief of staff, thanking acting chief Mick Mulvaney and naming Mulvaney as the U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
President Trump has named Rep. Mark Meadows his chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney, who had been acting in the role. The president announced the switch in a tweet Friday evening.
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Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman joined the Trump administration as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 2017. He became Trump's third chief of staff – though he was called "acting" chief of staff — in December of 2018 replacing Gen. John Kelly, who replaced Trump's first chief of staff – Reince Priebus – in 2017
The move comes as the Trump administration has faced some criticism for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Mulvaney had been leading the interagency response to the virus until Trump designated Vice President Mike Pence to lead the whole-of-government effort more than a week ago.
Mulvaney will become the administration's special envoy to Ireland.
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Meadows, who has been a close ally of the president, is in his fourth term in Congress serving North Carolina's 11th district since January of 2013. He is the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, a group consisting of roughly 40 Republican conservative members of Congress who rode the wave or were part of the Tea Party movement. Meadows has helped rally conservative House members on Trump's agenda, including on health care and tax reform.