Friday was a busy day in Washington, DC. Rather than posting short stories about both, we wanted to cover them both here in a summary. Of course, it’s hard to summarize the Trump White House in just a few hundred words!
In the first major news break, the Trump Campaign sues CNN for statements that were made about the campaign. As reported by Fox News, the Trump campaign seeks millions in damages for ‘false and defamatory’ statements. The campaign accuses CNN of publishing false information, without retracting as requested by the campaign. It was completely in relation to the Russia 2020 interference information CNN released. After refusing to retract the story, The Trump Campaign made the decision to sue the media organization for damages.
Trump has long been at odds with CNN. According to reports, the complaints reference recent Project Veritas footage where bias against Trump was shown during impeachment. It’s also worth noting that Trump has also filed similar lawsuits against The NY Times and The Washington Post in the past. According to Fox News, CNN declined to comment on the lawsuit.
While this news was big, the bigger story was that the President has decided on a new Chief of Staff for the White House. Mick Mulvaney was given the title of acting Chief of Staff approximately 14 months ago. Since that time, he has been rumored to be ousted at multiple points. During the impeachment inquiry, many felt that the change would take place. We actually wrote about and commented on it at the time.
Mulvaney has struggled to control leaking and staff in the White House since he took the post. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has long been rumored as the potential replacement. Meadows, a staunch defender of the President, decided not to run for reelection sparking many rumors. Some rumors around the NC area was a potential run for Senate due to Sen. Richard Burr’s retirement. Others were rumored that he would be the new chief of staff. This one proved to be true.
In statements about Meadows new position, Trump talked about their strong relationship. He also thanked Mulvaney for his work in the administration and announced his new role as special envoy to Northern Ireland.
With the issues that have been occurring, Meadows has his work cut out for him. President Trump trusts Meadows, largely due to his defense of Trump in the House. The move comes at a much better time for Trump than previously thought. While many thought the change would come in the midst of the impeachment inquiry, all of that is behind Trump. The next few months under Meadows until the reelection will be interesting to watch!
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