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Trump names Rep. Meadows as new chief of staff

Trump names Rep. Meadows as new chief of staff
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., will replace former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who will become special envoy to Northern Ireland. File Photo by Alex Wroblewski/UPI | License Photo

March 6 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump on Friday announced Rep. Mark Meadows will become his new chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney served in the position in an acting capacity since December 2018 after the departure of John Kelly.

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Trump announced the news on Twitter.

"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," he wrote.

"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!"

With Mulvaney's new position in the State Department, it's unclear what will become of his role as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Meadows, R-N.C., announced in December his retirement from Congress at the conclusion of his fourth term later this year.

Meadows said he "struggled" with the decision after eight years representing western North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, but always knew his time in Congress was temporary. There have been previous rumors linking him to multiple jobs in the Trump administration, including the chief of staff post.

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