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Mark Meadows Resignation Reignites Trump Chief of Staff Rumors

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Within minutes of the stunning announcement Thursday morning by Rep. Mark Meadows, R.-N.C., that he would not seek re-election in 2020, speculation was sparked that the four-term conservative lawmaker would be the next White House chief of staff.

Amid growing reports that President Donald Trump is dissatisfied with his current chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, several sources close to the White House say he would prefer the more activist Meadows — a fierce Trump loyalist and former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

A builder and developer (like Trump), Meadows, 60, made little secret of his desire to leave Congress and take over the White House staff in January when then-chief of staff John Kelly resigned.

The job went instead to Mulvaney, who has served for nearly a year on an "acting" basis while still officially holding the position of director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Other close Trump-watchers told Newsmax that it would be unwise for the president to appoint his fourth chief of staff in as many years and that he might be smarter to consider naming Meadows if he is re-elected next year.

Others take a different view of Meadows becoming chief of staff. Chris Whipple, author of the best-selling book "The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," told us: "Without singling anyone out by name, I would simply say the last thing Trump needs is another sycophant as White House chief of staff."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Within minutes of the stunning announcement Thursday morning by Rep. Mark Meadows, R.-N.C., that he would not seek re-election in 2020, speculation was sparked that the four-term conservative lawmaker would be the next White House chief of staff.
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