Loyal Trump Defender Mark Meadows Replaces Mulvaney as Chief of Staff
President Donald Trump has named former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows as his new White House Chief of Staff. Meadows is set to replace acting chief Mick Mulvaney who had been assigned as a new special envoy to Northern Ireland.
On Friday, the President tweeted the announcement of Congressman Meadows’ new assignment.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2020
Amidst reports that tension had been brewing between Trump and Mulvaney, the President showed that there is no bad blood between the two. The President even extended his gratitude to former Chief Mick Mulvaney for serving the administration efficiently.
....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 responded to Trump’s announcement by stating that he looks forward to helping build the success and continuing to fight for the men and women of America. He also praised former Chief Mulvaney for his tremendous job as the President’s Chief of State over the last year, and described him as “smart, principled, and a tough fighter.” The congressman had served as the second chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after taking on the group’s founder and his close friend Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). With the partnership, Meadows and Jordan have created the toughest and fiercest defenders in the White House. Moreover, Meadows had played a vital role in the federal government shutdown in 2013, as well as pushed former House Speaker John Boehner to retirement. Due to Meadows’ achievements in Congress, the former representative was able to earn the support from a lot of Republicans.
Even Rep. Louie Gohmert agreed to the President’s decision to assign him as chief of staff. In an interview with Breitbart News, Gohmert said that Mark Meadows is the right person at the right time to be the President’s new Chief of Staff as he believed that with Meadows, the administration would earn a “fearless warrior” to protect the President’s agenda.
Meadows had always made it a point to listen to his constituents, something that has become vital in Trump’s re-election bid. In another interview with Breitbart News, the firebrand conservative explained why people should never forget the reason they were elected: to be the voice of the people.
Finally, Meadows continued by saying, “The longer they’re there, the less likely you are to listen. For me, I’ve had to redouble my effort and not say, okay, pay attention to what are the priorities in Washington, D.C., but really try to listen to what are the priorities here? There are some of them that have been difficult for me.”
Meadows concluded, “I come back—especially if it’s for a week or longer where I’m just listening to people. Both the good and the bad. We’re going to continue to try to get better.”