Report: Mark Meadows’ New Chief of Staff Job Has Left Him Overwhelmed, Led to Tears
Donald Trump has had quite a few Chief’s of Staff since being elected President. Reince Preibus lasted 6 months before being replaced by John Kelly. Kelly in turn, was replaced by Mick Mulvaney who held the job for just about a year and saw Trump through his impeachment trial.
Mark Meadows replaced Mulvaney at the end of March and has had to deal with the White House response to COVID-19. According to a new report from the New York Times, that transition is going poorly and Meadows is overwhelmed by the new position.
Maggie Haberman’s sources say of Meadows, “he has been overwhelmed at times by a permanent culture at the White House that revolves around the president’s moods, his desire to present a veneer of strength and his need for a sense of control.”
The report continues, “In the case of Mr. Meadows, it has not helped him with his White House colleagues that the former North Carolina congressman, who has a reputation for showing his emotions, cried while meeting with members of the White House staff on at least two occasions. One instance was in the presence of a young West Wing aide; another time was with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.”
When asked for a comment, though, the White House lauded Meadows’ work. Spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement, “The White House is fully focused on supporting the president’s mission of defeating the coronavirus, saving American lives, and getting the country back to work — and Mark Meadows has already proven to be a tremendous asset in that effort.”