Nov. 11 (UPI) — President-elect Joe Biden named long-time aide Ron Klain as his incoming White Home chief of employees on Wednesday as he prepares to transition into the nation’s highest workplace regardless of its present occupant, President Donald Trump, having but to concede defeat within the normal election.

The Biden administration transition staff introduced Klain would oversee the president-elect’s government workplace and function his senior advisor in a press release Wednesday night, stating the 59-year-old lawyer will work to construct a various and skilled staff to assist Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “meet the pressing challenges going through the nation.”

Klain, a Harvard Regulation Faculty graduate, has labored with Biden for many years, having suggested the previous senator from Delaware throughout his failed 1988 and 2008 presidential bids, labored as his chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1989 to 1992 and served as chief of employees to the vp from 2009 to 2012. He additionally served because the White Home Ebola Response coordinator below President Barack Obama throughout an outbreak of the lethal virus in 2014 and 2015.

Biden described Klain in a press release as “invaluable” throughout the years the pair have labored collectively.

“His deep, assorted expertise and capability to work with individuals all throughout the political spectrum is exactly what I would like in a White Home chief of employees as we confront this second of disaster and convey our nation collectively once more,” the president-elect stated.

The announcement got here greater than per week after Election Day and days after Biden was named president-elect after being awarded 279 electoral votes, 9 greater than required, over the weekend

Whereas Biden and Harris work to transition into the White Home, Trump — who has filed quite a few lawsuits for state recounts and to allege voter fraud and tabulation irregularities regardless of there being widespread consensus the election was held pretty — continues to keep up that he’ll win the election.

Votes are nonetheless being counted in three states, with Arizona and Georgia leaning towards Biden and North Carolina towards Trump, all by slim margins, in response to CNN and NBC. If Trump, who has 217 electoral votes, have been to win all three, he’d nonetheless fall in need of the 270 required to win the presidency.

“We are going to win!” Trump tweeted a minimum of twice on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Warren, former presidential candidate and a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, known as Klain “an excellent alternative for Chief of Workers.”

“He understands the magnitude of the well being and financial disaster and he has the expertise to guide this subsequent administration by means of it,” she stated by way of Twitter. “Ron has earned belief all throughout the whole Democratic Get together.”

Klain stated in a press release that to serve Biden as his White Home chief of employees is “the distinction of a lifetime.”

“I stay up for serving to him and the Vice President-elect assemble a proficient and various staff within the White Home as we deal with their bold agenda for change, and search to heal the divides in our nation,” he stated.

The Biden administration has listed the COVID-19 pandemic, financial restoration, racial fairness and local weather change as priorities to deal with as soon as they get into workplace.