JOE Biden has chosen Ron Klain as his Chief of Staff as he starts assembling his White House team, while Donald Trump continues insisting HE won.
Biden revealed that Klain – who has served as a longtime aide to the Democrat – will work as his senior adviser in a statement on the Biden-Harris transition site on Wednesday.
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“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a statement.
“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.”
With Biden gearing up and prepping his own coronavirus response plan, Klain is no stranger to working on global virus outbreaks.
The Georgetown University graduate previously worked as the Ebola Response Coordinator under the Obama administration in 2014 and 2015.
Klain and the president-elect's relationship goes back decades, however. Klain first served as an aide to the president-elect in the 1980s.
He worked as an adviser to Biden as the then-senator served on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Klain also worked with the Democrat on his first presidential campaign in 1988.
He's since worked with him during his 2008 presidential campaign, and was Chief of Staff for Biden when he served as Vice President to Barack Obama.
In addition to having experience with virus outbreaks, Klain is versed in economic hardships – and helped oversee the $787 billion Recovery Act during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Reuters reports.
Klain has also worked for former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton.
He additionally acted as Chief of Staff for other notable names in Washington – including former Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno.
Klain also worked as staff director for the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee.
He reportedly ticked off some close to Biden when he offered to support Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential run – but has since worked his way back into good graces with the president-elect's team, The Washington Post reports.
The appointed Chief of Staff called it "the honor of a lifetime" to work with Biden during his presidency.
"I look forward to helping him and the Vice President-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House, as we tackle their ambitious agenda for change, and seek to heal the divides in our country,” Klain said in a statement.
Biden revealing his Chief of Staff comes as President Trump and his campaign continue to make baseless claims of voter fraud, as the Republican insists he won the election.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went on Fox News as she showed off a 243-page stack of affidavits detailing claims of alleged fraud.
The documents contain bizarre claims – including that independent count witnesses were in fact "far left" because they wanted to work in New York.
In a Wednesday morning tweet storm, Trump alleged: "The Fake Pollsters at @ABC/@washingtonpost produced a possibly illegal suppression Poll just before the Election showing me down 17 points in Wisconsin when, in fact, on Election Day, the race was even – & we are now preparing to win the state.
"Many such “deplorable” instances!"
He then baselessly claimed: "A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!"
According to projections from outlets including CNN and The New York Times, Biden has secured at least 279 electoral votes – putting him past the majority 270 needed to win the presidency.
Trump's team have launched lawsuits or demanded recounts in many states across the US.
Elections officials have maintained there is no evidence of voter fraud.
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