Joe Biden picks Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

Joe Biden picks Ron Klain as White House chief of staff
Mr Biden (right) seen with Ron Klain at a meeting in 2014. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US President-elect Joe Biden’s team said he has picked veteran aide Ron Klain to be White House chief of staff.

Mr Klain has served as an aide to Mr Biden since the 1980s on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later as chief of staff when he was vice-president of Barack Obama.

Mr Klain was also a senior White House aide to former President Barack Obama and chief of staff to Vice-President Al Gore.

He was played by the Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey in the movie Recount, about the 2000 presidential election.

The White House chief of staff manages the president’s daily schedule and is often described as his gatekeeper. It is a political appointee that doesn’t require confirmation by the Senate.

in a statement issued by his transition team, Mr Biden paid tribute to Mr Klain.

The President-elect said: “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.”

Mr Klain said in the same statement that he was “humbled” by the president-elect’s confidence in him.

He said: “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.”

When Joe Biden was Chairman the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1989-92, Ron Klain served as chief counsel on the Committee.

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