Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had finally chosen Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to officially replace acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who will now become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
Although Trump’s announcement praised Mulvaney’s work in the White House over the past year, insiders are saying that what Trump characterized as a reassignment is more akin to a contentious firing.
According to the New York Post, one insider close to the president said that “Mick was basically a pariah in the building,” and that things had gotten so bad between Mulvaney and Trump that “Trump stopped including him in major meetings.”
The anonymous White House source also said that Mulvaney’s own chief of staff, Emma Doyle, was another point of contention between Mulvaney and Trump, alleging that she was “the bane of Trump’s existence,” because “she was blocking people and making staffing decisions.”
Soon-to-be former Rep. Meadows announced in December that he would not seek re-election in the 2020 cycle, and rumors began swirling soon after that Trump would integrate him into the administration due to Meadows’ loyalty to and advocacy for the president.
At the time, Meadows said that “my work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning.” He called his time in Congress a “temporary job,” saying that “I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with [Trump] and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come.”
This news comes only weeks after Trump shot down rumors that his relationship with Mulvaney had gone sour. “That was a false report. I have a great relationship with Mick. I have a great relationship with Mark. And it’s false,” Trump said at the time.