President Donald Trump stunned a lot of people a few weeks ago after he announced that he would be reassigning his current chief of staff and that he already had a replacement lined up.
Trump is replacing Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows.
This has created a little bit of confusion given Meadows is still currently a member of Congress, but he has released more information that will clear things up.
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. “I’ll end up resigning as a member of Congress. That…happens toward the end of the month.”
Earlier this month, Trump announced that he had replaced Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff and would be moving him to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff,” the president said.
“I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one,” he said in his Friday night surprise.
“I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” the president said.
“He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!” the president added in a second tweet.
….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
In a statement, Meadows said it was an “honor” to selected by Trump.
“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,” he said.
Meadows said Mulvaney did a “great job,” and he also thanked his constituents in western North Carolina.
“In particular, I want to recognize my friend Mick Mulvaney. 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,” the lawmaker said.
“Lastly, I want to thank the people of western North Carolina,” he added. “Serving you in Congress has been the honor of my life. It may be in a different role, but I’ll continue working every day to deliver results for you — and main street Americans all over the country — in the months and years to come.”
Trump announces Mark Meadows to replace Mick Mulvaney as White House chief of staff https://t.co/OCqey16Ybn
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) March 7, 2020
Back in December, Meadows announced that he would not seek re-election for his congressional seat in North Carolina.
Meadows, a longtime leader of the House Freedom Caucus, is a staunch Trump loyalist and speaks with the president often.
He will be a strong ally and supporter of the president heading into a crucial election in November.