Joe Biden could name chief of staff, other top advisors by end of the week

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to tap a number of his top White House staff as soon as this week, with his longtime advisor adviser Ron Klain a top contender for chief of staff, a report said Wednesday.

Biden may announce Klain as his White House No. 2 as early as Thursday, CNN reported, citing three sources.

Klain, who served as Biden’s chief of staff during his vice presidency, helped lead the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak and has reportedly taken an interest in government reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The president-elect may also name other top White House advisors later this week, CNN reported. Top campaign officials, including communications director Kate Bedingfield and senior adviser Symone Sanders, could be top contenders for senior positions in the administration, NBC News reported earlier this week.

Biden has said he won’t name cabinet nominations until after Thanksgiving and is hoping to do so by early December.

On Wednesday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said on CNN that he would take the labor secretary position if he was offered the job.

“If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? yes, I would,” Sanders said.

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