President Donald Trump on Friday evening announced a new White House chief of staff -- his fourth in his three years in office.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney will be replaced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) according to a Twitter announcement from the president.
....I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the Uni… https://t.co/NqDWmrlFv1— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1583543300.0
"Another move that will be seen as adding to power for [Jared] Kushner," reported New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
"As markets tumble and fears of coronavirus crisis spread, Trump opts against stability, brings in new chief of staff," explained AP White House reporter Jonathan Lemire.
NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith noted, "the timing is interesting, given that coronavirus is a very fluid situation, to say the least."
Here's some of what others were saying about Trump's decision:
Trump replaces Mulvaney with another Freedom Caucus member. https://t.co/07YqjvFYoK— Eric Lipton (@Eric Lipton) 1583544767.0
Congrats to Mick Mulvaney on booking his imminent role as Secret Good Guy All Along and also his forthcoming book.— Joe Berkowitz (@Joe Berkowitz) 1583546399.0
Hate on Mulvaney all you want but he believed in process. Mark Meadows is a wartime consigliere.— James Oliphant (@James Oliphant) 1583544875.0
We haven’t had a Friday night news dump in a while! https://t.co/3jsNXWMpLC— Elizabeth Landers (@Elizabeth Landers) 1583543405.0
Trump is trying to deflect from the caronavirus news by naming an even more insidious disease to be his new Chief o… https://t.co/S1QT6MRhYC— Machine Pun Kelly (@Machine Pun Kelly) 1583545375.0
POTUS offered Meadows the job yesterday, per several people briefed. Mulvaney, who is said to have left for a trip… https://t.co/HNXVk4XFfR— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1583545270.0
Mick Mulvaney is being appointed to a job so important that it's been vacant for the past three years. When Pompeo… https://t.co/otg4NoVZIl— Chris Lu (@Chris Lu) 1583544979.0
I wasn’t sure if Trump could downgrade from Mick Mulvaney, but he proved he can: his new chief of staff is Mark Me… https://t.co/7XOo5Y1Jwi— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1583544942.0
A senior administration official tells me Trump has wanted to push Mick Mulvaney out for a while, but felt he could… https://t.co/Xu67NBnNKl— Eamon Javers (@Eamon Javers) 1583545038.0
Hey Mickey you’re so FIRED. Mulvaney OUT. Who will be the next to go?! #TheCelebrityAppresident https://t.co/9iOMjWZ6vD— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1583546442.0
@realDonaldTrump Reince Priebus got 192 days, John Kelly got 520 days, Mick Mulvaney got 430 days. Only 319 days until January 20, 2021.— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye) 1583546409.0
Retiring 4th term NC GOP Rep former House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows will be President Trump’s 4th WH Chief… https://t.co/T8TIoCyEre— Craig Caplan (@Craig Caplan) 1583545975.0
Congratulations to Mick Mulvaney on his promotion to the Night’s Watch— James Poniewozik (@James Poniewozik) 1583546510.0
Mick Mulvaney ousted as Trump’s chief of staff and replaced by southern congressman https://t.co/2uuJH3hTVS— Raw Story (@Raw Story) 1583544986.0