Biden announces William Burns for CIA director

Burns has 33 years of diplomatic experience
President-elect Joe Biden announced Ambassador William
Burns as his nominee for director of the CIA on Monday.

Burns, currently the president of the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace, previously had a 33-year career in
the U.S. Foreign Service.

He served as Under Secretary of
State for Political Affairs and Deputy Secretary of State in
the Obama administration, after holding positions including
U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Jordan.

“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

. The American people will sleep
soundly with him as our next CIA Director.”

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