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President Trump names Rep. Mark Meadows as new chief of staff

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) speaks to members of the media as Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) listen prior to the continuation of the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol January 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The next phase of the trial, in which senators will be allowed to ask written questions, will extend into tomorrow. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday named Rep. Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney, who been acting in the role for more than a year.

President Trump announced the staff reshuffle in Friday night tweets, saying Mulvaney would become the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland.

The long-rumored move makes Meadows, who announced he was not seeking reelection for his House seat from North Carolina, effectively President Trump’s fourth chief of staff since taking office in 2017.

The decision comes as the Trump administration has faced criticism for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Mulvaney had been leading the interagency response to the virus until President Trump designated Vice President Mike Pence to lead the whole-of-government effort more than a week ago.

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