Biden chose Burns, an experienced diplomat, as director


Biden chose Burns, an experienced diplomat, as director

President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday that he has appointed veteran diplomat William Burns as his CIA director.


Burns, 64, a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan has had a 33-year career in the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He joined the Diplomatic Corps and became Deputy Secretary of State before retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


During the turmoil at the State Department after Donald Trump took office in 2017, Burns kept his mouth shut until last year when he began writing highly critical of the Trump administration's policies in foreign affairs and other publications.


"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat who, with decades of experience on the world stage, has kept his people and our country safe and secure. We thank and respect Ambassador Burns for avoiding threats before we reach our shores. The American people will sleep well with him as the next CIA director.

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