Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff for the past two years, will reportedly step down as the president’s right-hand man, sources said New York Times on Saturday, one of only a few shocks in the administration despite tensions during Biden’s tenure over America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation and recent finds of classified documents in Biden’s home and office.
Klain had reportedly been telling colleagues about his resignation plans since the November midterm elections, according to senior officials in the Biden administration who spoke to the Just.
Those officials did not say whether a replacement has been named, although they speculated that they may be Secretary of Labor and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Biden’s senior adviser Anita Dunn, his adviser Steven Ricchetti, domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients, or former Delaware governor Jack Markell, who serves as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Officials said Biden’s announcement of a replacement will come after his Feb. 7 State of the Union address.
Klain tweeted on Friday, the second anniversary of Biden’s inauguration: “Two tough years. So much to do. But so much progress.”
Klain, 61, was associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton and chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore. He also worked in Biden’s office while he was a senator, and later worked as his chief of staff while he was vice president. His resignation comes eight months after former White House press secretary Jen Psaki resigned from her position and Karine Jean-Pierre replaced her. In total, 66 members of Biden’s “A-Team” have changed as of October, according to the Brookings Institution — narrowly edging out the 65 who left during former President Donald Trump’s four-year tenure.
Klain’s time as Biden’s chief of staff was highlighted by several monumental bills, including the $437 billion Inflation Reduction Act — an abridged 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- Dollar bill Billion CHIPS bill he signed into law in July to boost domestic microchip production. He was also present when Biden signed America’s massive $1.9 trillion bailout for Covid-related relief and economic recovery in March 2021, and in November 2021 when Biden signed the bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill – Dollar signed. His legislative victories also included a bill to provide benefits to US veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, to fund climate change, and to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
About 35% of Trump’s “A-Team” changed during his first year in office, according to the Brookings Institution, more than any other president since at least the Reagan administration. His first chief of staff, former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left the White House after six months, while his successor, John F. Kelly, resigned in July 2019 after nearly a year and a half. His successor Mick Mulvaney left the company after just over a year in March 2020; leave his successor, Mark Meadows, for the remaining 295 days of Trump’s presidency. Former President Barack Obama had five chiefs of staff during his eight-year tenure, 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 likely to step down as Biden White House chief of staff (New York Times)
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is expected to step down in the weeks following State of the Union (CNN).