President Joe Biden made it official on Friday that White House chief of staff Ron Klain will step down next week, and announced that Jeff Zients, who ran Biden’s Covid-19 response operation, will replace Klain — Zients, a former Bain Capital consultant who served under Barack Obama, being known for declaring in 2021 that unvaccinated Americans were “looking at a winter of severe illness and death.”
“I’m confident that Jeff will continue Ron’s example of smart, steady leadership, as we continue to work hard every day for the people we were sent here to serve,” Biden said in a written statement.
A copy of Klain’s resignation letter was circulated online, saying his “journey” has been “the honor of a lifetime” while claiming that he had the opportunity “to work with the most talented, diverse, determined, and collegial White House staff ever.”
Making it a point to stress that he served “longer than eight of the last nine Chiefs of Staff,” Klain then got a little carried away in touting Biden’s “indisputably historic” successes, speaking of him in the same breath as some of the more notable presidents of the 20th century.
Here is the Klain letter: pic.twitter.com/61tYwKc9G2
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 27, 2023
“You passed the most significant economic recovery legislation since FDR; managed the largest land war in Europe since the Truman era; enacted the most sweeping infrastructure law since Eisenhower; named more judges in your first year than any President since JFK; passed the second-largest health care bill since LBJ; signed the most significant gun safety bill since Clinton; and enacted the largest climate change law in history,” he gushed. “You did it all in the middle of the worst public health crisis since the Wilson era, with the smallest legislative majority of any newly elected Democratic President in a century.”
Not done by a longshot, Klain went so far as to even credit Biden with “reducing COVID deaths by more than 80%.”
“You used your executive powers to take historic steps on student debt relief, marijuana reform, racial equity, and economic competition when Congress failed to act,” Klain continued. “You have reduced COVID deaths by more than 80% since taking office, while reopening schools and businesses. You have created more jobs than any President in his first two years, cut the unemployment rate to the lowest level in 50 years, and reduced the deficit by more than any President in American history.”
Klain ended his letter commenting on his history with Biden and vowed to help his reelection effort IF he runs.
“In closing, if you choose to run in 2024, I look forward to doing whatever I can to help your campaign, as I did for your 1988, 2008, and 2020 campaigns. I will always be a Biden supporter and advocate in whatever I do next,” he concluded.
Obama let it be know that the developments have his full approval, lending credence to the belief many have that the Biden presidency is actually HIS third term.
I asked Jeff Zients to handle some of our toughest challenges and, without fail, his leadership proved invaluable. He led my economic team as we pushed our most progressive economic policies, and I know he’ll serve @POTUS and the American people well in this new role.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 27, 2023
Tom Fitton, the founder of Judicial Watch, tweeted last week that Zients may have “violated civil rights laws and US Constitution in leading Biden WH operation to censor Americans through Big Tech on Covid issue.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called Biden’s new chief of staff an “inept corporate profiteer.”
His net worth is believed to be between $89.3 million and $442.8 million, making Zients the wealthiest member of the Biden administration.
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