Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff for the past two years, will step down as the president’s right-hand man, sources told the New York Times on Saturday, marking one of the few changes in the administration despite tension in Biden’s tenure over the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation and recent discoveries of confidential documents in Biden’s home and office.
Klain has reportedly told colleagues about his plans to step down since midterm elections in November, according to senior Biden administration officials who spoke with the president. Schedules.
Those officials did not say whether a replacement had been named, though they speculated 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 Governor Jack Markell, who serves as an ambassador for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Officials said Biden’s announcement about the replacement would come after his State of the Union address on Feb. 7.
Klein tweeted on Friday, the second anniversary of Biden’s inauguration: “Two tough years. So much to be done. But so much progress.”
Klain, 61, had served as an assistant adviser to former President Bill Clinton and chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore. He also worked in Biden’s office during his time as a senator and later worked as a chief of staff while he was vice president. His resignation comes eight months after former White House press secretary Jen Psaki stepped down, replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre. In total, 66 members of Biden’s “A-Team” were transferred in October, according to the Brookings Institution – narrowly surpassing the 65 who left during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office.
Klain’s time as Biden’s chief of staff has been highlighted by several monumental bills, including the $437 billion Inflation Reduction Act – a condensed version of Biden’s Rebuild Better Act – which Biden signed into law last August after months of political negotiations, as well as the $280 billion CHIPS Act he signed in July to increase domestic microchip production. He was also there when Biden signed the massive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan for Covid-related relief and economic 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 to US veterans exposed to toxic cesspools, funding for climate change and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Approximately 35% of Trump’s “A-Team” changed 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, stepped down six months after Trump was in the White House, while his successor John F. Kelly resigned in July 2019 after nearly a year and a half. . His successor, Mick Mulvaney, left after just over a year in March 2020; leaving his replacement, Mark Meadows, in office 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 just two, including Andrew Card, who served for more than five years – the longest-serving presidential chief of staff. since the Eisenhower administration.
Ron Klain set to step down as Biden’s White House chief of staff (New York Times)
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain expected to resign in weeks after State of the Union (CNN)