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White House drops Meadows for chief of staff role

Dropped as a candidate for White House chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows issued a statement declaring his commitment to working with President Trump and representing the N.C. mountains.


“I’ve had the best job in the world, representing the people of western North Carolina and working alongside President Trump these last two years to give the forgotten men and women of America a voice in their government," Meadows said in the statement his office issued Wednesday afternoon. "I’m fully committed to continuing in both of those roles. I know the President has a long list of tremendous candidates for his next Chief of Staff, and whomever it is will have my total support moving forward.”

Multiple newspapers and websites reported on the Trump administration's decision to rule out Meadows, who remains one of the president's strongest allies and leads the conservative Freedom Caucus.

“Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.”