According to reports, Ron Klain, Chief Of Staff and Chief Retweeter in the White House is leaving, the Biden Administration seems to be quickly moving to replace him.
Multiple reports claim that the White House is planning to name Jeff Zients Klain’s replacement.
According to the Washington Post, Zients was among many other positions the head of Biden’s coronavirus team response team. He returned to the White House to assist with the transition of new staff members after the midterms.
After leading the administration’s pandemic response, Zients left the White House in April. He also led the largest U.S. vaccination campaign. In the fall, he returned to the White House to assist Klain in preparing for staff turnover following the midterms. This project was limited as only a few senior staff members left the administration.
Klain has given him different projects in recent weeks. Some people believe this is preparing Zients for the top position, according to those familiar with the arrangement.
Klain will likely resign in the weeks following the State of the Union on February 7, which will mark the first significant departure from the inner circle of Biden.
Some Democrats might not be thrilled about the choice. They hoped that Biden would break with tradition and choose a woman to fill a position traditionally held by men.
However, some Democrats hoped that Biden would be a historical choice for the position by selecting a woman. White House chief of staff has been held by only men.
Biden’s aides stated that they expect the structure for the chief of staff to change as Biden increases his political activity. Biden’s political advisors Anita Dunn and Jen O’Malley Dillon will be more prominent in the building.
Zients doesn’t have the extensive political history Klain does – he has only been involved in politics since the Obama years. He has spent a lot of time in the private industry.
Biden is facing a divided Congress and trying to overcome many crises, both personal and economic. His administration was recently confronted with a scandal involving classified documents that don’t seem like it will end.