WH COVID Response Leader Zients To Replace Klain As Chief Of Staff

Jeff Zients, who ran President Biden’s COVID-19 response, is expected to replace Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff.
US President Joe Biden shakes hands with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (L) alongside Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm (C) as he arrives for a briefing on wildfires ahead of the wildfire season with cabinet members, government officials, as well as governors of several western states, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, June 30, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Klain is expected to step down in the weeks following Biden’s State of the Union address early next month.
  • That Klain plans to step down at the halfway point of Biden’s first term was first reported late Saturday by NBC News, based on information from three people who claim to have been briefed on the matter.
  • Biden tapped Zients, from the tech industry, to lead his administration’s pandemic response effort as he entered the White House in 2021.
  • Zients left the Covid role last spring but he was brought into White House operations a few months later when – Klain asked him to lead the planning for the expected turnover after the midterms that historically follows a president’s first term.

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