Tweet From WH Chief Of Staff Comes Back To Haunt Biden Admin

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain attends an event with governors of western states and members of the Biden administration cabinet June 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the combination of drought, heat and wildfires currently impacting the western portion of the U.S. during his remarks at the event. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, has egg on his face.

After President Joe Biden stated on Monday that dealing with the current COVID-19 wave caused by the Omicron variety is a matter for states rather than the federal government, Klain’s remark from June 2020 came back to haunt the Biden administration.

Biden delegated responsibility for handling the reaction to the Omicron variation to the National Governors Association on Monday.

In June 2020, Klain stated that if Biden were elected, he would deploy the whole might of the federal government to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Klain notably criticized a “Articles of Confederation” approach, which refers to a decentralized government in which state governments respond to the epidemic using their own techniques.

Klain’s statement, delivered during the height of the presidential campaign, was intended to contrast Biden’s leadership vision with then-President Donald Trump’s reaction.

Vice President Kamala Harris may have hinted at Biden’s startling statement.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times a week before Christmas, Harris stated that the Biden administration did not anticipate waves of new COVID illnesses and hence did not make the essential calculations for how to respond to infection increases.