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Mulvaney out, Mark Meadows in as Trump’s chief of staff

Meadows is the fourth White House chief of staff since Trump took office in 2017 [File: Patrick Semansky/AP] Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, US President Donald Trump on Friday announced a significant staff overhaul, naming North Carolina politician Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff, and replacing Mick Mulvaney, who…

Mulvaney out, Mark Meadows in as Trump’s chief of staff

Meadows is the fourth White House chief of staff since Trump took office in 2017 [File: Patrick Semansky/AP]
Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, US President Donald Trump on Friday announced a significant staff overhaul, naming North Carolina politician 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 US special envoy for Northern Ireland.
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“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-rumoured move makes Meadows, who announced he was not seeking re-election for his House seat, effectively Trump’s fourth chief of staff since taking office in 2017.
In 2012, while seeking a seat in Congress, Meadows suggested that then-US President Barack Obama be sent “home to Kenya or wherever it is”, wading into the dubious controversy that the 43rd president was not born in the United States.

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