Friday, March 6, 2020

President Donald Trump names Mark Meadows his new chief of staff

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President Donald Trump has fortified his White House with a new chief of staff, former House Freedom Caucus chairman and retiring Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). On Friday night, the president named Meadows his new incoming White House chief of staff, announcing that his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney would become the new special envoy to Northern Ireland. Meadows served as the second chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, taking the reins from the group’s founder and his close ally, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Together, Meadows and Jordan have been a pair of the president’s fiercest defenders in the House, but even before President Trump’s 2016 election, the soft-spoken firebrand conservative from western North Carolina has helped pave the future path of the Republican Party—pulling the GOP away from swamp deals and failed establishment politics towards populist, grassroots conservative policies that are much more popular with the electorate. Meadows’ success in Congress has won him many friends among top conservatives and even across the aisle, with a huge swath of Trump allies on Friday evening telling Breitbart News that the president could not have made a better choice going into his re-election campaign. “Congressman Meadows has been one of the most effective advocates for the MAGA movement for years now,” Donald Trump, Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, told Breitbart News. “There are some major battles ahead and I can’t think of anyone more equipped to fight alongside the President for the future of our country.” “Meadows is cut from the same cloth as the President; he’s a fighter and will do what it takes to win,” Cliff Sims, a former Trump White House official and outside ally of the president, added. “He’s the perfect choice to lead the White House staff through election season. A brilliant choice by President Trump.”

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***BREAKING*** President Donald Trump announced Friday night that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) would become his new chief of staff. Meadows, who had already decided not to run for re-election to the House of Representatives, will replace acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. “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 on Twitter. Mulvaney preferred to remain as the “acting” chief of staff, admitting that the paycheck was better, as he was at first the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump administration. Mulvaney was named acting chief of staff to replace former General John Kelly, who was named to replace former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Trump said that Mulvaney would be the new United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. “I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” Trump wrote. “He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”

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