Joe Biden names Ron Klain White House chief of staff

Vastavam Web: United States President-Elect Joe Biden on Wednesday appointed veteran Democrat Ron Klain his chief of staff and assistant.

Klain, one of Biden’s closest confidants, also served as his vice presidential chief of staff. He was in-charge of the White House response to the Ebola health crisis in 2014 during Barack Obama’s term. Klain also served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and worked with Biden when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a statement. “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.”

In the same statement released by the Biden transition office, Klain said it was “the honor of a lifetime” to be named as 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,” he added.