President Donald Trump has officially named North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows to be White House Chief of Staff.
“I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff,” Trump said in a Friday night tweet. “I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one….”
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2020
Trump also thanked the exiting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for his time. “I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” Trump said. “He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”
According to the Associated Press, Meadows, a former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, is “a longtime Trump confidant and sounding board, whose political instincts Trump respects.” Meadows had previously discussed that he would not be seeking another term as a North Carolina House Representative and had been, according to the AP report, expecting to join President Trump’s administration in the near future.
Meadows is in his fourth term in Congress serving North Carolina’s Eleventh District since January of 2013. According to his Congressional biography, Meadows entered Congress after a successful business career, accumulating nearly 30 years of work experience as a small business owner.
A self-described “principled conservative,” Meadows’ appointment received praise from fellow Republicans.
“Mark Meadows is smart, loyal, and a true patriot,” said Rep. Jim Jordan.”He’s a good man and my best friend! Couldn’t have picked anyone better for the job.”
Mark Meadows is smart, loyal, and a true patriot. He’s a good man and my best friend!
Couldn’t have picked anyone better for the job. https://t.co/d9Z5TgJgGf
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 7, 2020
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also approved of Trump’s selection saying that Meadows “has been a strong advocate for the president and the America First agenda from the start.”
.@MarkMeadows has been a strong advocate for the president and the America First agenda from the start. Congrats, Mark!
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 7, 2020
“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,” Meadows said in his statement. “I look forward to helping build on that success and staying in the fight for the forgotten men and women of America.”