Rep. Mark Meadows, A Staunch Trump Ally, Will Not Seek Re-Election

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year.

One of President Donald Trump’s top allies will not seek re-election next year, according to The Hill.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) announced on Thursday morning that he will retire at the end of his term, saying he “struggled” with the decision to leave or stay in what he had long considered a “temporary job.”

“For everything there is a season. After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term,” Meadows said. “This was a decision I struggled with greatly.”

“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning,” the House Freedom Caucus member added. “This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come. I’ve always said Congress is a temporary job, but the fight to return Washington, DC to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun.”

The Hill noted that speculation has swirled that Meadows might be angling for a spot in the Trump administration, such as chief of staff — a position he previously expressed interest in assuming.

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