Biden guesses on longtime aide Ron Klain, who led the Ebola struggle, as Reuters chief of employees

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© Reuters. Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain listens to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they meet with organization leaders responding to the Ebola crisis in the Eisenhower executive office building of the White House complex in Washington

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By Trevor Hunnicutt

(Reuters) – US President-elect Joe Biden named top Democratic official Ron Klain as his chief of staff and assistant to the president on Wednesday.

Klain is one of Biden’s closest confidants and worked as a US Senator for the Democrats in 1989. He was responsible for the Barack Obama administration’s response to the Ebola health crisis in 2014 when Biden was Vice President.

Klain, a fierce critic of Republican President Donald Trump’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, should be a key figure in Biden’s response to the health crisis.

“Ron has been invaluable to me in the many years we’ve worked together, including as we saved the American economy from one of the worst downturns in history in 2009 and a daunting public health emergency later in the year 2014, “Biden said in a statement.

Klain said in a statement: “It is the honor of your life to serve President-elect Biden in this role and I am humble with his confidence. I look forward to helping him and the Vice President-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House. “

Klain was Biden’s Vice-President of the Chief of Staff and most recently senior advisor to Biden’s presidential campaign.

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