According to the Washington Post on Sunday, President Joe Biden will appoint Jeff Zients, who oversaw the White House’s response to the Chinese coronavirus, to be his chief of staff.
Ron Klain, who is expected to leave the government in the upcoming weeks, will be replaced by him, according to a report by Breitbart News.
Notably, Biden, who has aimed to increase “diversity” in his administration, has chosen Zients to be his chief of staff while ignoring the rest of his diverse team, including Susan Rice, a woman of color, and Anita Dunn, a senior adviser who is female.
Zients oversaw the coordination of the White House’s coronavirus response with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, during his tenure in the Biden administration, as Breitbart News previously reported.
Furthermore, the introduction of fresh coronavirus strains caught Biden’s administration off guard under Zients, ultimately rendering the nation unprepared.
Zients, though, has apparently been working in the White House again with Klain since last fall, when he was assisting in the preparation for staff turnover following the midterm elections, which ended up being little because so few senior staff members left.
People acquainted with the situation who spoke to the Post said that Zients has recently been given several assignments by Klain, which some have interpreted as Zients being groomed for the top position.
The Post noted that Zients would succeed Klain as Biden began to face new challenges in his presidency.
Included in the struggles is a Republican-controlled House of Republicans where GOP members planned to slam the president and his administration with a number of investigations, including at least one looking into his son Hunter’s business dealings.
Biden has faced criticism for handling confidential data improperly and has been embroiled in numerous issues over the past few weeks.
According to reports, between 25 and 20 documents were discovered in Biden’s vice presidential office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, located near Capitol Hill in Washington, as well as other locations like his house in Delaware.
Additionally, Breitbart News stated that Biden has not yet formally declared whether he would seek reelection in 2024, despite the fact that he was allegedly close to doing so during his family vacation.
He previously held a number of jobs in President Barack Obama’s administration before joining the Biden administration early on as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.
He has held positions at the Office of Management and Budget as well as director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy (OMB).