Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren, calling Klain’s appointment as “super choice”, said he “understands the magnitude of the health and economic crisis”.
On Wednesday President-elect Joe Biden he has chosen a seasoned Democratic operative, Ron Klain, as his chief of staff. This is Joe Biden’s first public personnel choice for the White House after he won the elections last week.
“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together,” Biden said in a statement on Klain’s appointment. Klain has also served as his first chief of staff when Biden became vice president in 2009.
“His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden added.
The 59 years old Democratic operative has earlier worked with Biden when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Afterwards, he served as chief of staff to vice president Al Gore.
Klain, under President Barack Obama, coordinated the White House response to the Ebola crisis in 2014.
Klain, in the same statement released by the Biden transition team, said it was “the honour of a lifetime” to be named Biden’s chief of staff.
“I look forward to helping him and the vice president-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House, as we tackle their ambitious agenda for change, and seek to heal the divides in our country,” Klain added.
Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren, calling Klain’s appointment as “super choice”, said he “understands the magnitude of the health and economic crisis and he has the experience to lead this next administration through it.”
According to all major US media projections, President Trump lost the November 3 election but has refused to concede so far, citing irregularities in vote counting. Trump is mounting an extensive legal fight aimed at overturning the result.