The government transition team said in a statement on Monday that US President-elect Joe Biden will nominate veteran diplomat William Burns to lead the CIA.
Burns, a former assistant secretary of state who served 33 years in diplomatic posts and led the secret negotiations that led to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, is currently president of the prestigious Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Biden’s transition team said: “Ambassador Burns is a proven government employee in the crisis, and he has spent his career working to keep Americans safe and secure.”
Burns has to be confirmed by the Senate, with Biden Democrats having a majority.
Biden has asked Congress to confirm his national security team as soon as possible on January 20, when he takes office, but he still faces the prospect of having a few permanent appointees when he takes office.
Biden, who served as Barack Obama’s vice president, has said he will restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned.
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