US Vice President Joe Biden (R) is joined by Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain (L) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, US on November 13, 2014.
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White House chief of staff Ron Klain is set to step down in the coming weeks, according to a report The New York Times.
Klain, a longtime adviser to President Joe Biden, supported Biden in his 2020 campaign and helped run his administration since he was elected to office. After November’s midterm elections and two action-packed years in the White House, Klain told colleagues he was ready for something else, the report said.
A search is reportedly underway for Klain’s replacement, but it’s unclear if a successor has already been chosen or when a decision will be announced.
Klain previously served as Biden’s chief of staff during former President Barack Obama’s first term and has worked with Biden since his run for president in 1987. Biden selected Klain as his chief of staff in November 2020and has since been part of the administration’s various successes and failures — Klain helped oversee a plan for Covid-19 relief and vaccine distribution, a bipartisan infrastructure program and historic climate change investments while battling high inflation and slowing economic growth.
Klain’s resignation would be a significant departure in an administration that has so far avoided much upheaval. All of Biden’s statutory cabinet members have remained, and Klain is proud to have lasted longer than any other Democratic president’s first chief of staff in more than 50 years, the Times report said.
By contrast, former President Donald Trump was on his third chief of staff, third national security adviser, and had lost 15 of his originally appointed cabinet secretaries to this point in his presidency.
Klain has been open about his intentions to eventually leave his post and will stay on long enough to help the new chief of staff transition and settle in, according to the Times.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.