Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff for the past two years, is reportedly stepping down as the president’s right-hand man, sources told the outlet. New York Times on Saturday, marking one of the few changes in the administration despite the strain on Biden’s term from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation and recent findings of classified documents at the home and office of Biden.
Klain had reportedly been telling colleagues about his plans to resign since the midterm elections in November, according to senior Biden Administration officials who spoke with the Times.
Those officials did not say whether a replacement has been named, though they speculated it could be Labor Secretary 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 Cooperation and Development.
Officials said Biden’s announcement of a replacement would come after his State of the Union address on February 7.
Klain tweeted on Friday, the second anniversary of Biden’s inauguration: “Two hard years. So much to do. But a lot of progress.”
Klain, 61, had served as associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton and was 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 his chief of staff while he was vice president. Her 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 turned themselves in as of 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 was highlighted by several monumental bills, including the $437 billion Inflation Reduction Act, a condensed version of Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which Biden signed into law in 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 relief and economic recovery in March 2021, and in November 2021, when Biden signed the $1 Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. billion. His legislative victories have also included a bill to provide benefits for US veterans exposed to toxic combustion pits, funding for climate change and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
About 35% of Trump’s “A-Team” turned themselves in 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 the White House six months after Trump was in the White House, while his successor, John F. Kelly, resigned in July 2019. , after almost a year and a half. His successor, Mick Mulvaney, left after just over a year in March 2020; leaving his replacement, Mark Meadows, in his 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 for more than five years, the longest-serving presidential chief of staff since the Eisenhower administration.
Ron Klain is expected to resign as Biden’s White House chief of staff (New York Times)
White House chief of staff Ron Klain is expected to resign in the weeks after the State of the Union (CNN)