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Mark and Mick

Donald Trump names his fourth chief of staff, and appoints special envoy for Northern Ireland

Mick Mulvaney had been serving as acting chief of staff since Trump fired John Kelly in December 2018.

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has announced staunch ally Mark Meadows to be his new chief of staff – the fourth person to hold the position since he took office.

Meadows, a Republican congressman from North Carolina, will replace the ultra-conservative Mick Mulvaney, who had been serving as acting chief of staff since Trump fired John Kelly in December 2018.

“I have known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one,” Trump tweeted, making the announcement.

“I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well,” Trump added. “He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.”

In a statement, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD welcomed Mulvaney’s appointment as US special envoy to Northern Ireland:

“US Special Envoys have been instrumental in facilitating and protecting the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements over the past twenty-two years.

I look forward to working with Mr Mulvaney to ensure that all our agreements are protected and implemented as we navigate our way through Brexit and plan for referendums on Irish unity in line with the Good Friday Agreement.

dc-impeachment-trial-of-united-states-president-donald-j-trump Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina. SIPA USA / PA Images SIPA USA / PA Images / PA Images

president-trump-meets-with-colombian-president-marquez-at-the-white-house Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Pool / ABACA Pool / ABACA / ABACA

In December, Meadows, 61, announced he would retire from Congress. But “my work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning,” he said in a statement posted to his website.

In October, in the midst of the impeachment proceedings against Trump, Mulvaney was criticized for his admission during a press conference that the president had tied military aid for Ukraine to Kiev opening a probe into the Democrats.

“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney told reporters. “Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

He walked back that admission only hours later.

The chief of staff is a key position in the White House, acting as the president’s right-hand person and the coordinator of administrative action.

Trump’s first chief of staff was Reince Priebus, the former leader of the Republican party, who left the position before he had even passed the 200-day mark.

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