President-elect Joe Biden made an announcement on Monday that he’s going to nominate veteran diplomat William Burns as his CIA director.
Veteran diplomat William Burns, is a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, of age 64, with a lot experience. He had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Burns also became deputy secretary of state before he got retired in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace.
Joe Biden made a statement on this occasion. He said, “Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure,”
“He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect,” Joe continued.
“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,” he added.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also made a statement saying, “Keeping our nation safe and secure requires intelligence that is apolitical and puts the American people first.”
“A national security expert with decades of experience serving under Democratic and Republican presidents, Ambassador Bill Burns has a deep understanding of the global threats and challenges facing our country,” Harris said.
Harris continued with saying that, “He will lead the CIA with independence and integrity, always honoring our nation’s intelligence professionals. And President-elect Joe Biden and I will work closely with Ambassador Burns — and our entire national security team — to prevent and prevail over any threat against the United States of America.”
Not only all that, but Burns has also received three Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and also the highest civilian honors from the Pentagon and the US intelligence community.