Jeff Zients, the White House chief of the fight against Covid-19, speaks during a briefing at the White House where they talked about the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Jeff Zients will be President Joe Biden’s next chief of staff, according to media reports Sunday.
Zients, who helped lead the Biden administration’s response to Covid-19 and spearheaded an ambitious vaccine campaign, left the White House briefly in April before returning in the fall to help current chief of staff Ron Klein prepare for a change in administration after the midterm elections.
Klein, a longtime adviser to President Joe Biden, supported Biden during his 2020 campaign and has helped guide the Biden administration since his election. After November’s midterm elections and an action-packed two years in the White House, Cline told colleagues he was ready for something else, according to a Washington Post report.
Klein was previously Biden’s chief of staff during former President Barack Obama’s first term, and has worked with Biden since he ran for president in 1987. Zients, by contrast, has spent most of his career in the private sector and first made his foray into politics during the Obama administration.
Although Zients has relatively limited political experience compared to Klein, he is a “masterful implementer” and “commands deep loyalty” from his colleagues, the Post reported.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
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