Under fire for his handling of this coronavirus catastrophe, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a significant team overhaul, naming Rep. Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff and substituting Mick Mulvaney, that has been acting in the job for over a year.
Trump declared the surprise employees reshuffle at some Friday night tweets, stating Mulvaney would develop into the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland.
The long-rumored movement makes Meadows, who declared that he wasn’t seeking reelection because of his House seat in North Carolina, efficiently Trump’s fourth chief of staff since taking office in 2017.
The decision comes as the Trump government has faced criticism for its treatment of this novel coronavirus epidemic. Mulvaney was directing the interagency response to the virus before Trump advised Vice President Mike Pence to direct the whole-of-government campaign over a week past.
Mulvaney was marginalized within the White House for months, carrying on a more narrow function. And Trump was eyeing the shift for weeks but wanted to wait until later impeachment, according to an individual familiar with his thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity since the individual wasn’t allowed to talk about it openly.
Mulvaney’s allies, however, had brushed off rumblings off his impending death and had said as recently as a month he planned to remain at least during the election in November.