Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff for the past two years, is said to be stepping down as the president’s right-hand man, sources said New York Times on Saturday, marking one of several shake-ups in the administration despite tensions in Biden’s term over America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation and recent findings of classified documents in Biden’s home and office.
Klain was reportedly telling his colleagues about his plans to withdraw from the midterm elections in November, according to senior Biden Administration officials who spoke to The Advisor. Times.
Those officials did not say if anyone else has been named, though they said it could be Labor Secretary and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn, his adviser Steven Ricchetti, domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Former White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients or former Delaware Government Jack Markell, who serves as ambassador for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Officials said Biden’s announcement of a replacement would come after his February 7 State of the Union address.
Children tweeted Friday, the second anniversary of Biden’s inauguration: “Two tough years. So much to do. But so much progress.”
Klain, 61, served as an associate adviser to former President Bill Clinton and was former Vice President Al Gore’s chief of staff. He also worked in Biden’s office during his tenure as a senator and later served as his chief of staff when he was vice president. It comes eight months after former White House press secretary Jen Psaki resigned, and was replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre. In all, 66 members of Biden’s “A-Team” have departed since October, according to the Brookings Institution — narrowly edging out the 65 left during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office.
Klain’s time as Biden’s chief of staff was highlighted by several landmark bills, including the $437 billion Inflation Reduction Act — a condensed version of Biden’s Build Back Better Bill — which Biden signed into law last August after months of political negotiations, as well as the $ 280. billion CHIPS Act, which he signed in July to boost domestic microchip production. He was also there when Biden signed the massive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan for Covid-related economic relief and recovery in March 2021, and in November 2021, when Biden signed the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. His legislative victories also included a bill to provide benefits for US soldiers exposed to toxic burn pits, climate change funding, and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
About 35% of Trump’s “A-Team” came to power during his first year in office, more than any president since at least the Reagan Administration, according to the Brookings Institution. His first chief of staff, former Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, left six months into Trump’s time in the White House, and his successor, John F. Kelly, resigned in July, 2019, after nearly a year and a half. . His successor, Mick Mulvaney, left after a little over a year in March, 2020; leaving his replacement, Mark Meadows in place for the remaining 295 days of Trump’s term. Former President Barack Obama had five chiefs of staff during his eight years in office, while former President George W. Bush had only two, including Andrew Card, who served more than five years – the longest serving presidential chief of staff since the Eisenhower administration.
Ron Klain expected to quit as Biden’s White House Chief of Staff (New York Times)
White House chief executive Ron Klain expected to resign in the weeks following the State of the Union (CNN)