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Joe Biden Picks Jeff Zients as New White House Chief of Staff

The president of United States, Joe Bidenannounced this Friday the appointment of Jeff Zients as the new chief of staff, replacing Ron Klain.

Zients He was the coordinator of the White House COVID-19 pandemic response team in the first part of the Biden government, when the Administration launched the mass vaccination campaign for US citizens.

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In a statement, the US president thanked the work of Klain, his classmate since the University, and stressed that he has managed to form the “most diverse and most talented team in the history of the White House.”

Of his new chief of staff, he highlighted his work in different responsibilities and said that Zients He has dealt with some of the “toughest” problems that the Executive has faced.

The appointment of Zientswhich some media outlets announced a few days ago, comes at a delicate moment for Biden.

A Biden He has two years left in office, after the mid-term elections in November in which the Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives while maintaining the majority in the Senate, and with complicated issues on the table such as the appearance of classified documents in the President’s residence in Delaware.

The president has yet to decide whether to run for re-election. Although he has indicated on more than one occasion that this is his wish, he has not confirmed it.

The new White House chief of staff was coordinator of the response team against COVID-19 since the beginning of the mandate of Bidenin January 2021, until April 2022.

In the Administration of Barack Obama, also a Democrat (2009-2017), Zients was the director of the National Economic Council and the Budget Office.

Ron Klain is one of the oldest advisers of Bidenwith whom he has worked since the late 1980s, was his chief of staff in his early years as vice president in the Obama administration and coordinated the Ebola response at the White House in 2014.

Next week a handover ceremony will be held at the White House with the presence of the outgoing chief of staff and the new head of office.

Source: Elcomercio

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