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Wed Nov 11, 2020, 07:45 PM

Ron Klain will be Biden's Chief of Staff. [View all]

The job has often gone to the most talented advisers in both parties ó people such as Republican James Baker and Democrat Leon Panetta. Under Trump, however, the role of the chief of staff has shifted, as the position fell to a series of officials with strained relations and limited sway with Trump. Bucking convention, Trumpís son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, established an independent locus of power inside the West Wing.

Choosing Klain reflects Bidenís plan to move beyond that chaos-driven presidency, and the internal White House structure probably will revert to form with a single manager in charge surrounded by a series of senior officials who also have direct relationships with the president. Mike Donilon, who helped write Bidenís campaign strategy, and Steve Ricchetti, the campaign chairman, are well positioned to land influential positions inside the White House, according to people with knowledge of the internal dynamics who spoke on the condition of anonymity to recount private conversations.


Many in Bidenís orbit have long seen Klain as the most obvious pick for chief of staff after more than 30 years of background roles. After a falling out with Bidenís team when he offered early support to Hillary Clintonís 2016 presidential bid, Klain has worked his way back into the upper echelons of Bidenís trusted circle.

He consulted with Biden on general strategy even before the former vice president announced his presidential campaign last year, and since August he has served as an unpaid senior adviser to the campaign and led Bidenís extensive debate preparation.


Interesting. Sounds like a good move to me.


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