Biden appoints team of loyalists to key White House posts


Joe Biden is filling his White House with loyalists who served in key roles in his campaign and, in some cases, worked alongside the president-elect during the Obama administration.

The Biden transition team announced a series of staff moves Tuesday, including that longtime adviser and confidant Mike Donilon will move to the White House as senior adviser to the president. Donilon drove much of the messaging on the campaign and had served as counselor to Biden in his role as vice president.

The other appointments are:

• Steve Ricchetti, a Biden confidant, will assume the role of counselor of the president.

• Former campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon will become deputy chief of staff.

• Dana Remus, who served as general counsel to the Biden campaign, will serve as counsel to the president.

• Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon will be chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden.

• Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) will take on the role of senior adviser to the president and act as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

• Julie Chavez Rodriguez, who acted as deputy campaign manager on the Biden-Harris campaign, will serve as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs office.

• Julie Annie Tomasini, who was the Biden campaign’s traveling chief of staff, will take on the role of director of Oval Office Operations.

POLITICO on Monday reported the appointments of Richmond, O’Malley Dillon and Ricchetti.

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