President Trump made a surprise announcement on Friday night that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would become his new White House chief of staff, replacing acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
Meadows has become one of Trump’s most loyal defenders on Capitol Hill, particularly during the monthslong impeachment battle that ultimately ended with an acquittal in February.
Mulvaney became the acting White House chief of staff in January 2019, replacing Gen. John Kelly. Mulvaney was also serving as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director.
Trump also announced that Mulvaney would become the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland.
“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!” Trump said in a second tweet.
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It is unclear if Mulvaney will remain as the head of the OMB or if the department’s deputy director, Russell Vought, will assume the role.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.