Trump Replaces His Chief Of Staff Amid Coronavirus Crisis
US President Donald Trump replaced his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. While the administration was focused on the coronavirus threat, Trump surprised the country with the administrative reshuffle.
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The existing chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was made the special envoy to Northern Ireland in Friday night administrative reshuffle. He thanked Mulvaney for managing administrative responsibilities. But this move was rumoured for a long time as Trump was pulling all his loyalists and allies ahead of the presential election.
Mulvaney had been at the forefront of the administration’s interagency response to the coronavirus threat until Trump asked the Vice President Mike Pence to lead the whole-of-government effort more than a week ago.
Mulvaney’s relationship with Trump began to sour soon after he assumed responsibility of chief of staff in December 2018. Also, Trump had been eying the change for many months but he kept silent until the impeachment saga was over to change his chief of staff.
A long time Trump confident, Mark Meadows was onetime leader of the House Freedom Caucus. Last year, he made an announcement that he won’t seek re-election for his North Carolina House seat and that he expected to be in Trump’s team in some capacity.
Meadows was officially offered the post of chief of staff on Thursday and Mulvaney was informed about the decision on Friday. Trump was warned that taking this big decision on Thursday could rattle the Wall Street market.