Joe Biden Promotes Neera Tanden to White House Staff Secretary

Neera Tanden, nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 10, 2021. (Andrew Harnik /POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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President Joe Biden has promoted senior advisor Neera Tanden to White House staff secretary, according to the Washington Post.

The staff secretary is a powerful official in the White House, serving as a gatekeeper for all of the president’s documents and signatures going to and from the president in the Oval Office.
Tanden, a long-time loyalist of the Clintons, has a long history of toxic behavior and vitriol on social media, which kept her from getting confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Office of Management and Budget administrator.

Biden withdrew Tanden’s nomination at her request in March after it was clear she did not have the votes to get confirmed by the Senate.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden (L) speaks as President-elect Joe Biden (R) looks on during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden (L) speaks as President-elect Joe Biden (R) looks on during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

But Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain brought Tanden into the White House as a senior advisor in May.

Tanden famously mocked Biden as a “mess” in a leaked email to Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta in 2015, arguing that the former vice president’s bumbling made Clinton look like a better candidate for president.

She also frequently disparaged Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his supporters during the 2016 Democrat primary.

After serving in President Bill Clinton’s White House, Tanden ran the leftist Center for American Progress, raising money from foreign interests and corporate donors to push left-leaning policy.

Tanden was also disparaged by staff at the Center for American Progress after she revealed the name of an anonymous victim claiming sexual harassment in a staff meeting.

(L-R) Center for American Progress co-founder John Podesta, center President Neera Tanden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for photographs during a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center wit co-founder John Podesta (L) at the Mellon Auditorium October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(L-R) Center for American Progress co-founder John Podesta, center President Neera Tanden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for photographs during a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center with co-founder John Podesta (L) at the Mellon Auditorium October 24, 2013, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tanden worked as an associate director for domestic policy at the Clinton White House and was also an advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton. She also served as a senior advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration.

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