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Jonathan Vankin - Author

Mar. 6 2020, Updated 5:10 p.m. ET

In a sudden and unexpected announcement late on Friday afternoon, Donald Trump ousted his White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and named one of his most loyal defenders in the House of Representatives, North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, to the job, according to a New York Times report. Meadows becomes Trump’s fourth chief of staff in just over three years, following Reince Priebus, John Kelly, and Mulvaney.

Trump had referred to Mulvaney as “acting” chief of staff, but because the position does not require senate confirmation, the “acting” title was essentially meaningless. Mulvaney served in the post for more than 14 months.

According to author and New Yorker magazine reporter Susan Glasser, Trump made the sudden move to “distract” from the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

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“Trump has been president for 1141 days. Many of them have been crazy and chaotic,” Glasser wrote on her Twitter account. “But firing his chief of staff late on a Friday night to distract from his disastrous management of a spreading pandemic virus is pretty up there.”

The Trump administration response to the coronavirus outbreak has been described as “badly bungled” by a leading scientific journal. On Friday, the death toll from the virus reached 14, but the slow response has likely left hundreds or even thousands of coronavirus infections unreported.


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