President-elect Joe Biden announced that he has chosen career diplomat William J. Burns for CIA director.
Burns is also president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is only the second serving career diplomat in U.S. history to become deputy secretary of state.
Burns has also served as ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001 and ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008.
Once Burns is officially appointed, he would be the first career diplomat to serve as CIA director.
“(Burns) 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,” said Biden.
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