Earlier this month, the White House revealed that President Donald Trump had tapped Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to serve as his newest chief of staff. Now, it’s become clear that the transition will be occurring sooner than later.
According to Fox News, Meadows told reporters this week that he will be “resigning as a member of Congress…toward the end of the month” to make the move over to the White House. “I’m still a member of Congress,” Meadows said Tuesday, according to Fox. “I’ll end up resigning as a member of Congress. That…happens toward the end of the month.”
Meadows moves to the White House
According to Fox, there had long been rumors that Meadows, a close ally and fierce defender of President Donald Trump, would be stepping away from Congress to work at the White House — and those rumors were only fueled when Meadows announced in December 2019 that he would not be running for re-election.
“For everything there is a season,” Meadows said at the time, according to USA Today. “After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term.”
Three months later, the president announced in a tweet that Meadows would be replacing then-acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, Fox News reported. Mulvaney, who also served as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is set to soon transition to a role as the United States’ special envoy to Northern Ireland, according to NPR.
….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’ impending move was confirmed by the congressman’s chief of staff, Ben Williams, on Tuesday, CBS News reported.
“Folks, RE: these Article I questions: Mark Meadows is not serving in two jobs. He is still a member of Congress. Mick Mulvaney is still the acting chief of staff. Meadows will resign from Congress toward the end of the month and move to the White House full-time,” Williams wrote in a tweet.
But though he is officially still a member of the House, Meadows was spotted on Capitol Hill working closely with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the marathon negotiations taking place between lawmakers on a massive coronavirus stimulus package that should be finalized and voted on soon, Fox News reported. He has also spent time in the White House recently, shadowing Mulvaney and getting some on-the-job training ahead of the official switch, Axios reported.
Both Meadows and Mulvaney recently went into self-isolation after coming into contact with individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19. They each eventually tested negative for the coronavirus disease, according to reports.
Meadows will officially take over the chief of staff post on April 1, according to Axios.
He will be Trump’s fourth chief of staff, following Mulaney, who replaced Gen. John Kelly in January 2019, and Reince Priebus, who served the president beginning in 2017.