(TheRedAlertNews.com) – BREAKING NOW: White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is reportedly stepping down from his position in the coming weeks, according to anonymous senior administration officials cited by The New York Times.
Klain has managed the Biden White House through two eventful years, longer than any other first chief of staff during a Democratic presidency.
The move comes as President Joe Biden faces waves of public scrutiny for his handling of classified documents after achieving what some analysts saw as significant victories during the 2022 midterm elections.
Biden is expected to announce his run for a second presidential term in 2024 soon, which means that after a relatively stable cabinet during the first few years of Biden’s presidency, more turnovers could occur quickly.
Klain is expected to announce his resignation sometime near Biden’s State of the Union address on Feb. 7 and will likely linger to help his successor transition into the role, according to the officials.
The officials did not say whether a successor had been chosen. Still, possible replacements include Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh, former coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients, senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn and domestic policy adviser Susan Rice.
The next chief of staff will have to shepherd the White House through the fallout of the probe over classified documents found in Biden’s private residence, as well as an onslaught of investigations coming out of a Republican-led House of Representatives, especially about Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings.
Klain worked for Biden during the latter’s term as Delaware senator and then served as vice presidential chief of staff when Biden served under former President Barack Obama. Klain later transitioned to a position as Obama’s Ebola czar after the deadly outbreak in 2014.
Republicans viewed Klain as a “virtual prime minister,” and Democrats assigned the chief of staff a large portion of the blame for Biden’s political losses, underscoring his influence in the White House that has only increased throughout his decades long career.
Klain helped propel Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan into law and backed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. He was also instrumental in Biden’s COVID-19 response policy, playing a crucial role in nationwide vaccine distribution after criticizing former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response plan.
However, Klain has also sought to champion a plan to eliminate student loan debt for low-income individuals that remains embroiled in legal pushback. The adviser also presided over the president’s plummeting popularity rate amid rising inflation, a backtracking economy, and a crisis at the southern border.
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