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.