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Biden names top aide as White House chief of staff


Biden names top aide as White House chief of staff

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has picked veteran operative Ron Klain to be White House chief of staff, his team say.

Mr Klain has served as a top aide to Mr Biden since the 1980s in the Senate and later when he was vice-president.

The ultimate Washington insider, Mr Klain was also a senior White House aide to Barack Obama and chief of staff to Vice-President Al Gore. He was played by actor Kevin Spacey in the movie Recount, about the presidential election of 2000.

The White House chief of staff – who manages the president's daily schedule and is often described as his gatekeeper – is a political appointee that does not require confirmation by the Senate.

Mr Biden paid tribute to Mr Klain in a statement issued by his transition team on Wednesday (Nov 11).

– Source: News websites

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