Trump replaces chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Rep. Mark Meadows , President Trump is getting (another) new chief of staff.
Trump announced the move in a pair of tweets on Friday evening revealing he would replace acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
It’s a switch that replaces an official whose relationship with the president had become strained with one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress. In his tweets, Trump emphasized his strong rapport with Meadows.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one,”
Trump wrote, adding, “I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”
Notably, Trump indicated Meadows would receive the official chief of staff title. Mulvaney, who assumed the role in January 2019, had always been referred to as the “acting chief of staff.”
Shortly after Mulvaney took on this role, which is one of the most powerful positions in the White House, an official spoke to reporters and said his title had the “acting” designation simply because “that’s what the president wants.”
Mulvaney, a former congressman, also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget and as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In his time in the chief of staff role, Mulvaney never shed the interim title and he reportedly fell out of the president’s favor last year. Multiple sources said Trump was particularly displeased with a briefing Mulvaney gave to reporters last October as the scandal over aid to Ukraine was growing.