White House chief of staff Ron Klain is reportedly expected to step down from his top position in the coming weeks, marking the most significant resignation the Biden administration has seen since President Brain-Dead Biden took office two years ago.
Klain has been privately telling colleagues he plans to resign since the midterm elections, according to the New York Times. A search for his replacement has been underway since then.
It’s not yet clear whether a successor has already been picked or when Klain will officially announce his resignation. However, sources told the outlet it’s likely to be announced shortly after Biden unveils his plan for the next year during his State of the Union address next month.
Reuters reports that “Klain is expected to step down in coming weeks,” calling it ”the most significant changing of the guard since Biden took office two years ago.”
From the Times:
His resignation would mark a striking moment of turnover at the top of an administration that has been relatively stable through the first half of Mr. Biden’s term, and Mr. Klain takes pride that he has lasted longer than any other Democratic president’s first chief of staff in more than half a century. But with Mr. Biden expected to announce by spring that he is running for re-election, advisers predict more moves as some aides shift from the White House to the campaign.
The departure would also come at a time when the White House faces a widening array of political and legal threats from a newly appointed special counsel investigating the improper handling of classified documents and a flurry of other inquiries by the newly installed Republican majority in the House. The next chief of staff will be charged with managing the defense of Mr. Biden’s White House and any counterattackas the 2024 election approaches.
Among the possible choices to replace Mr. Klain mentioned by senior officials are Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh; former Governor Jack A. Markell of Delaware, now serving as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden; Steven J. Ricchetti, the counselor to the president; Jeffrey D. Zients, the administration’s former coronavirus response coordinator; Susan Rice, the White House domestic policy adviser; and Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture.
Klain has been Biden’s chief of staff since 2021, when the president took office.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 21, 2023
Breaking News: Ron Klain is expected to step down as White House chief of staff in coming weeks, according to Biden administration officials. https://t.co/bH43TqSifS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 21, 2023
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) January 21, 2023
In what appears to be the largest shake-up in the administration since Biden took office, Klain has reportedly been informing colleagues since the November midterm elections about his plans to resign and a search for his replacement is already underway. https://t.co/TmL36xhYKd
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 21, 2023
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