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Biden’s Former Chief Of Staff Privately Roasts Him In Leaked Audio

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Ron Klain

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Ron Klain, the ex-White House chief of staff, voiced his disapproval of President Joe Biden’s political approach, suggesting that it overly prioritizes long-term infrastructure initiatives over addressing the urgent economic requirements of Americans in the lead-up to his reelection campaign.

Biden’s concentration

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Klain shared his apprehensions about Biden’s concentration on infrastructure during a gathering hosted by “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas,” as revealed in an exclusive audio recording obtained by POLITICO.

Two or three events

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Klain remarked, “I think the president is out there too much talking about bridges. He does two or three events a week where he’s cutting a ribbon on a bridge. And here’s a bridge.”

Expensive

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“Like I tell you, if you go into the grocery store, you go to the grocery store and, you know, eggs and milk are expensive, the fact that there’s a [expletive] bridge is not [inaudible].”

Wealth of experience

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Having assumed the position of White House Chief of Staff under President Joe Biden starting in 2021, Klain brought with him a wealth of experience from his diverse roles in both public and private sectors.

Chief of Staff

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He notably served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden during the Obama administration.

Infrastructure initiatives

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In the audio recording, Klain recognized the positive impact of the infrastructure initiatives implemented by the Biden administration. However, he critiqued the president’s approach as being too limited, neglecting to address more extensive economic issues.

Not a congressman

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“He’s not a congressman. He’s not running for Congress. I think it’s kind of a fool’s errand. I think that [it] also doesn’t get covered that much because, look, it’s a [expletive] bridge. Like it’s a bridge, and how interesting is the bridge? It’s a little interesting but it’s not a lot interesting.”

Most effective

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“The president’s most effective economic message is contrast around whose side are you on, and compassion for the [pinch] of family budgets, and his agenda to bring down costs and raise incomes — and that lauding achievements — especially ones with abstract benefits — is less persuasive with voters,” Klain continued saying.

Distinguished career

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Klain has had a distinguished career, notably serving as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, overseeing day-to-day operations and strategic planning in their offices.

Judicial nominations

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He is recognized for his expertise in judicial nominations, playing a key role in the selection and confirmation processes for several Supreme Court nominees.

Government roles

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In addition to his government roles, Klain has worked in the private sector, including a position as an executive at Revolution LLC, an investment firm.

Presidential campaigns

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He has been involved in various capacities in Democratic presidential campaigns and is esteemed for his legal knowledge, having clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

Standout moment

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A standout moment in Klain’s career was his appointment as the Ebola response coordinator by President Obama in 2014. In this role, he led the coordination of the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis.

Andrew Bates

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White House Deputy Press Secretary and Senior Communications Adviser Andrew Bates told Politico, “Like Ron says, President Biden is crisscrossing the country building on his State of the Union message, highlighting that he is fighting to grow the middle class and lower costs like prescription drugs while blocking the trickle-down agenda Republican officials have proposed on behalf of rich special interests, including Medicare cuts and tax giveaways to big corporation.”

Univision interview

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“The President repeated that message in his Univision interview yesterday and will not let up.”

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