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Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE (R-N.C.) resigned from Congress Monday evening ahead of starting at the White House as President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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 PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare 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.