Mark Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff

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Mark Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff
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Mark Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff
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President Donald Trump has replaced acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney after 14 months on the job, tweeting late Friday that he has tapped Rep. Mark Meadows to fill the role. Mulvaney will become U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland.

The president shared the news in a tweet: “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. 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!”

Meadows is currently a GOP congressman from North Carolina, representing the state’s 11th Congressional District. He has served in that role since 2013 and, as chair of the House Freedom Caucus, was considered one of Trump’s closest allies in the House of Representatives.

“It’s an honor to be selected by President Trump to serve alongside him and his team,” Meadows said in a statement Friday night. “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.

“In particular, I want to recognize my friend Mick Mulvaney,” Meadows continued. “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.”

There was no announcement whether Mulvaney will continue to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position he maintained throughout his tenure as acting chief of staff.

Mulvaney was Trump’s third chief of staff, replacing retired Gen. John Kelly, who succeeded former Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus in July 2017.

Trump announced Mulvaney’s appointment as acting chief of staff in a tweet in December 2018, and he assumed the role at the start of 2019.

You can read the rest of Mark Osborne, Lauren Lantry, Liz Alesse, and Sarah Kolinovsky’s article at ABCnews.com

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