Joe Biden has nominated Bill Burns, a former deputy secretary of state and a career diplomat, to lead the CIA under his administration. in an attempt to appear non-partisan, Biden’s team pointed out that Burns is an experienced foreign policy and national security official who has served under 5 Democratic and Republican administrations. Burns has achieved the highest rank in the US foreign service, that of “career diplomat”.
During his three-decade-plus career, he has served as ambassador to Jordan and Russia, along with a stint as deputy secretary of state.
In a press release, Biden’s team called Burns a “consummate professional full of integrity who will bring the facts and independence that our national security demands.”
“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure,” Biden said in a statement.
“He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect. Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment, and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores,” Biden added. “The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director.”
Burns presently serves as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a major think center-left think tank that espouses “neoliberal” views.