Trump names Rep. Mead­ows his new chief of staff

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Un­der fire for his han­dling of the coro­n­avirus cri­sis, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day an­nounced a ma­jor staff over­haul, nam­ing Rep. Mark Mead­ows as his new chief of staff and re­plac­ing Mick Mul­vaney, who has been act­ing in the role for more than a year.

Trump an­nounced the sur­prise staff reshuf­fle in a se­ries of Fri­day night tweets, say­ing Mul­vaney would be­come the U.S. spe­cial en­voy for North­ern Ire­land.

“I have long known and worked with Mark, and the re­la­tion­ship is a very good one,” he wrote, thank­ing Mul­vaney – who never shook his “act­ing” ti­tle – “for hav­ing served the Ad­min­is­tra­tion so well.”

The long-ru­mored move makes Mead­ows, who an­nounced he was not seek­ing re­elec­tion for his House seat from North Carolina, ef­fec­tively Trump’s fourth chief of staff since tak­ing of­fice in 2017.

The de­ci­sion comes as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has faced crit­i­cism for its han­dling of the novel coro­n­avirus out­break. Mul­vaney had been lead­ing the in­ter­a­gency re­sponse to the virus un­til Trump des­ig­nated Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence to lead the ef­fort more than a week ago.

Mul­vaney has been marginal­ized in­side the White House for months, tak­ing on a more and more nar­row role. And Trump has been eye­ing the change for months, but wanted to wait un­til af­ter im­peach­ment, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with his think­ing who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the per­son was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss it pub­licly.

Mark Mead­ows

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