Trump ally Rep. Mark Meadows won’t run for reelection in 2020

Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill, announced Thursday he does not plan to seek reelection in 2020. 

The North Carolina Republican, who formerly chaired the conservative House Freedom Caucus, made the announcement a day after Trump was impeached by the House in what Meadows described as a “baseless, fact-free sham.” 

Though Meadows is leaving Congress, he indicated he plans to support Trump in some other, unspecified capacity. 

“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning. This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just three 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,” Meadows said in the statement.

“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.” 

Meadows said that the decision not to run again was a difficult one, but that he reached it after consulting with his family. 

The Freedom Caucus and Meadows often clashed with Republican leadership, which he considered too moderate.

In 2015, he introduced a resolution aimed at ousting then-Republican House Speaker John Boehner because he felt the speaker was not allowing some of the more conservative bills his caucus championed to come to the floor for a vote. The measure failed, but Boehner stepped down not long after the Freedom Caucus revolt. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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