Joe Biden has put in his longtime aides and marketing campaign employees in energy positions within the West Wing, holding his allies near him as he begins his presidency.
Notably lacking is his sister Valerie Biden Owens, a longtime adviser to Biden who was marketing campaign supervisor for his Senate races alongside together with his 1988 and 2008 presidential bids. She was a senior adviser to his 2020 marketing campaign.
However maps of the West Wing from Politico and CNN present no workplace location for the presidential sister. Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump, put in his daughter and son-in-law in posh West Wing workplaces.
Biden Owens is anticipated to play a counselor position within the administration.
‘Valerie is the President’s oldest and closest political advisor,’ Hilary Rosen, the longtime Democratic strategist who’s near the Bidens and serves as VP at SKDKnickerbocker informed DailyMail.com. ‘That may by no means change. Nonetheless, she is the primary to know that his position is totally different now and so is hers. However she is insightful, good and touchstone on him staying true to his roots. She is near the senior Biden staff and a priceless counselor for all of them.’
Within the White Home, proximity is energy. Within the hallways an individual can have an informal run-in with a superior or one other individual of affect – even the president himself – that change change coverage or technique.
West Wing workplace area is among the most useful actual property on the earth. Employees compete for closet sized-spaces and cram into windowless rooms collectively, desks facet by facet, with a view to be near the president.
WHO HAS A PLACE IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
1) President Joe Biden. As president he has the Oval Workplace and the president’s non-public eating room simply off it
2) Vice President Kamala Harris. The second-largest workplace goes to the VP however places her comparatively distant from the Oval
3) Chief of Employees Ron Klain. The third-largest workplace with a primary nook overlooking the Rose Backyard goes to probably the most highly effective official. Veteran D.C. staffer was Biden’s chief of employees as vice chairman, 2009-2011, and labored with him within the Senate
4) Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti. Chairman of Biden’s marketing campaign and Biden’s chief of employees for the second Obama time period. Proximity to Biden exhibits his significance. His brother Jeff is one in every of D.C.’s strongest lobbyists
5) Senior adviser Mike Donilon. He’s bodily the closest to the president and has been an aide on and off since 1981, making him Biden’s oldest good friend within the White Home. He got here up with Biden’s marketing campaign theme of ‘soul of the nation’
6) Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan. One of many few from Hillary Clinton’s interior circle within the Biden White Home, he was additionally an architect of the Iran nuclear deal on the State Division
7) Senior Advisor Anita Dunn. Veteran D.C. Democratic operative who first labored in Carter’s White Home and was one in every of Obama’s high 4 advisers in 2008. Provided PR recommendation to Harvey Weinstein as his intercourse disgrace was about to be revealed
8) Communications director Kate Bedingfield. Bedingfield labored as Biden’s communications director from 2015 to 2017 after which was deputy marketing campaign supervisor for his presidential run
9) Press secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki’s workplace is all the time held by the press secretary due to its proximity to the briefing room. Psaki was Obama’s communications director and a State Division press secretary in his administration
10) Director of Oval Workplace Operations Annie Tomasini. Has to maintain conferences on time and have the fitting folks within the Oval Workplace with Biden. Was his touring chief of employees throughout marketing campaign and one of many few aides allowed in his home
11) Private aide to the president Stephen Goepfert. Biden’s ‘physique man,’ who needs to be close to his facet always. Labored within the Obama White Home coping with correspondence and was an aide to Biden’s workplace till 2017.
12) Deputy Chief of Employees Bruce Reed. Biden’s chief of employees from 201 to 2013 and a long-term Democratic aide who labored within the Clinton White Home the place he grew to become an ally of Biden, engaged on the now-notorious 1994 Crime Invoice
13) Deputy Chief of Employees for Operations Jen O’Malley Dillon. Turned Biden’s marketing campaign supervisor in April after overseeing Beto O’Rourke’s failed run. Latest member of his interior circle
14) White Home Counsel Dana Remus. Key authorized adviser to the president. She was a deputy White Home counsel below Obama after which labored for the Obama Basis earlier than being Biden’s marketing campaign common counsel
15) Director of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond. Former Louisiana congressman and Biden ally whose job is to make alliances which Biden can use to press lawmakers to get behind his laws
16) Deputy Director of Public Engagement Adrian Saenz. Latino media advisor to Biden throughout his marketing campaign, he managed Obama’s relationship with state governors and labored on each Obama campaigns
17) Home Coverage Adviser Susan Rice. Obama’s UN ambassador and nationwide safety advisor. Now answerable for home coverage, significantly racial equality. Function isn’t Senate confirmed; Rice’s Benghazi document is controversial
18) COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients. A counselor to the president, he’s probably the most highly effective COVID determine. Veteran administration advisor labored within the Obama White Home and after leaving it was on Fb’s board
Some names on the West Wing workplace roster are apparent.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Chief of Employees Ron Klain each have giant workplace suites down the corridor from the Oval Workplace. Harris additionally has a big workplace suite within the Eisenhower Government Workplace Constructing throughout the driveway from the West Wing the place the ceremonial workplace of the vice chairman is situated.
Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti, longtime Biden advisers serving as advisers within the administration, have the small energy workplaces simply steps from the Oval Workplace. Jared Kushner managed that area within the Trump White Home.
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and Bruce Reed, who function deputy chiefs of employees, additionally sit within the slim alcoves with shut entry to the Oval.
Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan has a big nook workplace.
In a unique nook are the press workplaces the place press secretary Jen Psaki, the general public face of the administration, has a big workplace. Within the adjoining workplaces are communications director Kate Bedingfield and adviser Anita Dunn.
Merely getting area within the West Wing, regardless of how cramped or small, is an indication of standing and displays the president’s agenda.
Valerie Biden Owens, a longtime adviser to Joe Biden who was marketing campaign supervisor for his Senate races alongside together with his 1988 and 2008 presidential bids, has no West Wing workplace area – she is seen along with her brother in October on the marketing campaign path
President Joe Biden’s West Wing is quieter than most as most aides do business from home resulting from COVID and people within the White Home, together with the president, put on face masks
The West Wing of the White Home – the presence of a Marine out entrance means the president is working within the Oval Workplace
Valerie Biden with Joe Biden in 2019 – the 2 siblings are shut however, in contrast to President Trump, Biden didn’t set up any relations in his West Wing
Jeff Zients, the COVID response coordinator, has an workplace on the second ground, highlighting the administration’s work on the pandemic. Ivanka Trump sat on the second ground whereas her father was president.
Cedric Richmond, Biden’s director of the workplace of public engagement, can be on the second ground.
‘Within the West Wing, I get off the elevator and switch proper,’ he informed Politico’s Playbook final week about the place his workplace is situated. ‘The workplaces, they haven’t any numbers anything,’ he famous, joking he could also be getting hazed by colleagues.
Not like President Donald Trump, the place the West Wing was dominated by the competing energy facilities of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, former counselor Steve Bannon and whoever occupied the chief of employees’s workplace, Biden runs a extra conventional White Home.
The emphasis is on group as a substitute of chaos.
There can be no Oval Workplace drop ins throughout the Biden presidency, like there have been within the Trump-era. As a substitute Klain and Annie Tomasini, the director of Oval Workplace Operations who sits proper outdoors the Oval, will preserve a good rein on who receives presidential entry.
However the COVID pandemic has affected West Wing operations. As a substitute of the hustle and bustle of employees velocity strolling by hallways – as seen on NBC’s West Wing and in different political tv exhibits and flicks – the Biden White Home is quieter.
And that is as a result of a majority of White Home employees are working from dwelling due the coronavirus pandemic, which has modified presidential operations and left many desks empty.
The senior employees assembly, for instance, takes place every morning round 7:30 or 8 am through video chat.
Employees and media should be examined for COVID earlier than getting into White Home and put on a wrist band – the inexperienced ones are seen above on reporters – to indicate they’re unfavourable
Tape is being positioned at occasions to verify members keep six toes aside; tape could be seen under Dr. Anthony Fauci’s toes above when he joined President Biden and Vice President Harris on the White Home final week
Joint Chiefs of Employees Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, Vice President Kamala Harris and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin be a part of President Joe Biden within the Oval Workplace on Monday the place they wore face masks and noticed social distancing
Change is regular when a brand new administration takes over however the Biden White Home appears to be like totally different from its predecessors in methods giant and small.
A number of the modifications are minor – the televisions now are primarily tuned into CNN and MSNBC as a substitute of Fox Information.
Others are bigger and lots of as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
A lot of the work being completed within the White Home is being completed nearly through convention calls, video conferences, and e mail.
Many employees have at the least been to the White Home – they wanted to cease with a view to pickup their government-issue computer systems, cell telephones, and onerous go – however then returned to their do business from home standing.
High-level employees and people important to nationwide safety are within the constructing however many mid and decrease tier aides are at dwelling, a marked change from the Trump period.
Plexiglass boundaries have been mounted on desks of these working within the West Wing to assist forestall the unfold of the coronavirus.
Moreover, employees and the president alike put on face masks. Oval Workplace photograph ops, which had been jam-packed occasions within the Trump period, look sparse below the brand new president.
When Biden signed Monday’s order permitting overtly transgender folks to serve within the army, he solely had three others with him – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Basic Mark Milley, Harris, and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin. All wore face masks and used social distancing.
COVID testing can be obligatory for workers and media. The testing heart is outdoors the White Home complicated and an individual wants a wrist band confirming a unfavourable end result earlier than going by the safety gate to enter 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Psaki stated throughout her first press briefing final week that each one employees getting into the complicated can be required to bear a COVID check, put on an N95 masks and cling to social distancing tips.
‘The President has requested us to even be fashions to the American folks, and that is vitally vital to us as effectively,’ she stated.
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