For those that have been paying attention, the writing has been on the wall about this for months.
On Friday, President Trump announced that Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was out.
Mick is Gone
Mulvaney has been on thin ice for quite some time.
It seemed as though the ship hit the rocks at one of his very first briefings and it has been rough ever since.
While this is speculation on my part, the final straw may have been a recent appearance where Mulvaney stated that we needed more immigrants in this country.
Mulvaney made the argument that employers are having a tough time finding workers and we should raise the number of immigrants we allow every year to meet their demands.
This did not sit well with a lot of conservatives who believe rather than raise immigration levels, let’s focus on training Americans and legal residents that still need jobs.
In recent weeks, Mulvaney has been noticeably absent in roles he would normally fulfill.
For instance, he did not accompany Trump on his recent trip to India, as would normally be the case for the chief of staff.
This seems to be the warning sign in this administration that a change is about to be made.
Keeping It Cordial
Unlike other dismissals, President Trump was overly cordial on Twitter when he announced Mulvaney’s departure and the fact that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) would be his replacement…
….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2020
The escalation of Meadows to this position is not exactly a surprise, either.
Meadows and his wife have been ardent supporters for Trump from very early on.
Additionally, Meadows recently announced that he would not be seeking re-election.
Many were curious at the time, as he seemed to be a lock for re-election, but perhaps he and Trump had discussed this move prior and they were just waiting until the impeachment wrapped up to make it official.
Unlike Trump’s previous three chiefs of staff, Meadows will undoubtedly be on the same page as Trump on all platform issues.
On paper, this would appear to be a perfect fit for both Trump and Meadows.