Zients is expected to be named the next white house chief of staff, replacing ron klain who is to step down after the state of the union address on february 7. an announcement of the change is expected on monday. both mr zients and mr klain have worked closely with president biden in various capacities over the years.
Role of chief of staff is considered to be one of the most important at the white house and is responsible for driving the president’s policy agenda and hiring staff. the change in leadership comes at a crucial moment for the us president as his staff begin to turn their attention to a potential re-election campaign in 2024. the announcement is expected on monday, february 1.
Zients has worked across various administrations including as an economic advisor to barack obama in 2009. he attempted to take over ownership of the washington nationals but was unsuccessful. he lead the nationwide vaccination campaign but faced criticism that the administration did not do enough to boost testing. ron klain was the longest serving chief of staff of any democratic president and had worked as one of mr biden’s top aides for years – in both the senate and when mr biden was vice-president. former us president donald tump had four chiefs of staff in four years. some democrats had hoped mr biden may have chosen a woman for the role. the change in leadership is seen as a way for the biden administration to bring in fresh ideas and strategies to help tackle the current issues facing the us.