Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs House Judiciary to hear whistleblowers on 'politicization' of Justice Dept under Trump How Trump cleared the park around the White House for church photo op MORE (R-N.C.) resigned from Congress Monday evening ahead of starting at the White House as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE's next chief of staff, his office announced in a letter.

Meadows is expected to begin his new role as Trump's fourth chief of staff on Tuesday.

"I write today to inform you that I will resign from the House of Representatives, effective 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 30," he wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Shocking job numbers raise hopes for quicker recovery Engel primary challenger hits million in donations MORE (D-Calif.). "Serving the people of North Carolina's eleventh congressional district for these last seven years has been the honor of my life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity."

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Meadows will replace his former colleague and Freedom Caucus member, Mick Mulvaney, who served in the role for a little more than a year. Trump named Meadows as his next gatekeeper in a tweet earlier this month, in which he also announced that he would appoint Mulvaney as U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland. 

The staff shakeup also comes after the White House faced a monthlong period of scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which has reached more than 155,00 cases in the U.S. and 2,500 deaths as of Monday evening, according to a New York Times database

Trump has come under scrutiny for initially downplaying the outbreak at a time when the administration could have been preparing for the pandemic by seeking key equipment and supplies.

All eyes will be on Meadows as he steps into this new role, though many of his now former House colleagues said Meadows will be effective at the White House, pointing to his close relationship with Trump that has grown over the years.