Mick Mulvaney Out, Mark Meadows In, As Trump’s New Chief Of Staff
Rep. Mark Meadows, conservative stalwart and consistent defender of President Donald Trump, has been named the new White House Chief of Staff, replacing former acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney, who also served as Trump’s head of the Office of Budget and Management simultaneous to his role as White House gatekeeper, will be transferred from within the executive branch to now serve as United States special envoy for Northern Ireland.
Trump made the announcement, as he’s frequently done for other appointments and removals, via Twitter.
“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 said.
‘I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” the president added. “He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”
There was no immediate rationale for why Trump decided to make the change. Some speculate, however, it had to do with Mulvaney’s inability to properly manage the White House’s message during the impeachment saga last year.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2020
Trump reportedly lost confidence in Mulvaney he failed to adequately address impeachment questions while serving in his White House role. But the president was advised against firing Mulvaney because it might create more questions during the tumultuous impeachment inquiry.
Meadows was considered for the role as far back as 2018, to replace Gen. John Kelly. Trump ended up picking Mulvaney to be “acting” Chief of Staff at that point.
Meadows has been a frequent defender of Trump’s during impeachment saga. In late 2019, for instance, he even denied that Trump requested Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden or his son, Hunter, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Politico reported.
“He didn’t do that,” Meadows said in an interview with Dana Bash during CNN’s State of the Union in December. “I don’t agree with your premise. He talked about investigations. If you look at the — the transcript, I think he said, ‘Will you do us a favor,’ based on the United States going through a lot, talking about 2016 elections.”
When it was demonstrated by Bash that Biden was mentioned in the transcript as someone to investigate, Meadows shifted his defense.
“Even with that, working with the attorney general, are you suggesting that someone who runs … for president shouldn’t be investigated?” he asked.