President Donald Trump stunned a lot of people late on Friday night and announced that he had removed his chief of staff and already had a replacement lined up.
Trump is replacing Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff,” the president said.
“I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one,” he said in his Friday night surprise.
“I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” the president said.
“He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!” the president added in a second tweet.
….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
“Meadows has become one of Trump’s most loyal defenders on Capitol Hill, particularly during the monthslong impeachment battle that ultimately ended with an acquittal in February,” Fox News reported.
“Mulvaney became the acting White House chief of staff in January 2019, replacing Gen. John Kelly. Mulvaney was also serving as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director. Trump also announced that Mulvaney would become the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland,” the Fox report added.
In a statement, Meadows said it was an “honor” to selected by President Trump.
“This President and his administration have a long list of incredible victories they’ve delivered to the country during this first term, with the best yet to come — and I look forward to helping build on that success and staying in the fight for the forgotten men and women of America,” he said.
Meadows said Mulvaney did a “great job,” and he also thanked his constituents in western North Carolina.
“In particular, I want to recognize my friend Mick Mulvaney. Mick is smart, principled, and as tough a fighter you’ll find in Washington, D.C. He did a great job leading the President’s team through a tremendous period of accomplishment over the last year-plus,” the lawmaker said.
“Lastly, I want to thank the people of western North Carolina,” he added. “Serving you in Congress has been the honor of my life. It may be in a different role, but I’ll continue working every day to deliver results for you — and main street Americans all over the country — in the months and years to come.”
Trump announces Mark Meadows to replace Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff https://t.co/OCqey16Ybn
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) March 7, 2020
Back in December, Meadows announced that he would not seek re-election for his congressional seat in North Carolina.
Meadows, a longtime leader of the House Freedom Caucus, is a staunch Trump loyalist and speaks with the president often.
He will be a strong ally and supporter of the president heading into a crucial election in November.