US President-Elect Joe Biden Names Ron Klain As Chief Of Staff

US President-elect Joe Biden, despite Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat, has named his longtime aide Ron Klain, as chief of staff in his first public White House personnel choice.

Ron Klain and Joe Biden – courtesy Getty Images

Biden tapped longtime aide Ron Klain, who previously served as his first chief of staff while vice president, acknowledging the two had a long road ahead in fighting the coronavirus pandemic as well as healing a deeply divided nation.

“His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden said.

He made the announcement after visiting the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia earlier in the day for a solemn wreath-laying ceremony to mark Veterans Day in the US.

Since media called the race four days ago Trump has not addressed the nation other than via Twitter and a written statement released to mark Veterans Day, and has not conceded to Biden, as is traditional once a winner is projected in a US vote.

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