Biden chief of staff Ron Klain may leave administration before midterms

NBC News reported Tuesday that rumors are swirling that White House chief of staff Ron Klain will exit the administration, possibly before the midterm elections in November. 

A source told the outlet that they heard Klain, who has been there since the beginning of President Joe Biden’s term, discuss his departure.

Potential successors to Klain include Anita Dunn and Susan Rice, both long-time members of Biden’s inner circle.

Dunn was already expected to be involved in any investigations launched after the midterms if Republicans regained majorities in the House and/or Senate.

“Frustrated”

Counselor to the president and long-time Biden aide Steve Ricchetti is another possibility for chief of staff.

Remi Yamamoto, a senior White House communications adviser, said of the rumors, “As Ron has said publicly, he has not set a time frame, and this is not a discussion on the top of anyone’s mind here.”

In response, NBC News said it based the article on more than two dozen interviews with officials, lawmakers, aides and others close to Biden.

Besides the staff shakeups, Biden is also reportedly frustrated at staff undermining him by walking back or “correcting the record” regarding statements he makes.

“Biden is frustrated. If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” a person close to the president said.

“Far too long”

Due to a number of crises in the administration including inflation, a baby formula shortage, and high gas prices, among others, Biden has faced dropping poll numbers that just don’t seem to be bouncing back no matter what he does.

“I don’t know what’s required here,” said Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) who helped Biden get the 2020 nomination by endorsing him at a critical moment. “But I do know the poll numbers have been stuck where they are for far too long.”

It certainly doesn’t seem like there’s any way to come back from his dismal poll numbers, no matter what stunts he tries to pull in between gaffes.

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