Biden Formally Names Jeff Zients As New Chief Of Staff

The New York Times reports:

President Biden said on Friday that Jeffrey D. Zients, who served as the coronavirus response coordinator and a chairman of Mr. Biden’s transition, would take over as the White House chief of staff.

The formal announcement came several days after it was reported that Mr. Zients had been tapped to replace Ron Klain, the longtime Biden adviser and skilled political operative who has served the first two years of the president’s term.

In a statement, Mr. Biden said that “it is important to fill Ron’s shoes with someone who understands what it means to lead a team, and who is as focused on getting things done. I’ve seen Jeff Zients tackle some of the toughest issues in government.”

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Biden’s formal and typically effusive statement is here.