The White House saw a major staffing change last week, with President Donald Trump announcing that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) will be coming on board as his new chief of staff.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff,” the president tweeted on Friday. “I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one.”
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“I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” he continued in a subsequent tweet.
Trump added that Mulvaney “will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.”
Mulvaney became chief of staff in December of 2018 after having been elected four times to the House of Representatives.
A troubled history
Mulvaney previously had a contentious relationship with the president, having referred to Trump as “a terrible human being” during the 2016 election. Mulvaney also said that “in an ordinary universe,” both Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be disqualified from serving as president due to their past conduct.
Neither was he a fan of Trump’s proposed border wall, deriding its construction as a “simplistic” approach to the issue of border security that poses “a bunch” of challenges.
“The fence doesn’t solve the problem,” Mulvaney said in a 2015 interview with South Carolina radio host Patti Mercer.
“Is it necessary to have one? Sure. Would it help? Sure. But to just say build the darn fence and have that be the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and almost childish for someone running for President to take that simplistic of a view.”
Mulvaney reportedly caught flack from Trump for conceding at a press conference that there had been a quid pro quo arrangement during the July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. The president has consistently disputed the quid pro quo characterization and denied that any wrongdoing took place.
For his part, Meadows has long been a vocal Trump supporter, with the two appearing together at campaign events in 2016.
Meadows openly sought to become chief of staff in 2018 following the departure of John Kelly. “Serving as [White House] chief of staff would be an incredible honor,” Meadows told the Washington Examiner at the time.