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July 13, 2020

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows isn't having the best time right now.

Since Meadows replaced Mick Mulvaney as President Trump's right-hand man at the end of March, the national crises he's had to oversee have been nonstop. Meadows has reportedly admitted the job is already taking a toll on him, and has since told staffers he'll only stay another year at most if Trump is re-elected this fall, Politico reports.

Before he joined the West Wing, Meadows, formerly a member of Congress from North Carolina, was known for "maintaining friendships with Democrats ... even as he torpedoed their plans" — part of the reason he was hired and is still on Trump's good side, Politico writes. But from Trump's botched Bible photo op to a "complete mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis," Meadows' tenure has since coincided with "one of the worst stretches of the Trump presidency," Chris Wipple, the author of a book on White House chiefs of staff, tells Politico.

"It is mission impossible being Trump’s chief of staff," Wipple went on to acknowledge. Yet that hasn't stopped several administration officials from saying they're "underwhelmed" with Meadows' work, Politico writes. Meadows led the conservative House Freedom Caucus but hasn't gotten Trump to adhere to those values, and his watch has coincided with a wave of low morale that has driven several staffers out the door, some conservatives say.

Despite all his struggles, Meadows "does not regret taking the job because he enjoys the perks of working in the White House," namely flying on Air Force One, Politico writes.

Meadows did not respond to a request for comment from Politico. Read more at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 5, 2018

The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday moved to oust USA Gymnastics as the sport's governing body.

USA Gymnastics has been criticized for the way it responded to several scandals, including longtime team doctor Larry Nassar pleading guilty to molesting 10 gymnasts. In a statement, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said USA Gymnastics has unsuccessfully tried to "change its culture, to rebuild its leadership, and to effectively serve its membership." USOC has been working closely with the board of USA Gymnastics, but it's still struggling, and that is "not fair to gymnasts around the country." USA Gymnastics has had two CEOs over the last year, with interim CEO Mary Bono, a former Republican congresswoman, stepping down last month amid pressure.

A three-person panel will now hold a hearing, then issue a report to the USOC board recommending whether or not USA Gymnastics should be stripped of its recognition as governing body. The USOC board will make the final decision. Catherine Garcia

April 27, 2018

President Trump is "unlikely" to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Friday.

Pompeo said that Trump has not yet made a decision, but Reuters reports that he suggested major changes were necessary in order to consider staying. "There's been no decision," Pompeo reportedly said, but "absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the flaws of the deal, he is unlikely to stay in that deal."

In the 2015 agreement, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for lessened economic sanctions from six world powers. Trump called the deal "insane" and "ridiculous" earlier this week, saying it never should have been made.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump to stay in the deal during a state visit to the White House this week, but Trump's public rejection of the deal has not subsided as a result of Macron's attempted persuasion. In a Fox & Friends interview, Trump said that Macron had left the Oval Office viewing Iran "a lot differently," even though Macron himself said in a speech to Congress that France remained committed to the deal. Trump hasn't closed the door entirely to a renegotiation, but Pompeo and other State Department officials say that a withdrawal is more likely. Summer Meza

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