“Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure,” President-elect Joe Biden said in a statement presenting Ambassador William Burns as his nominee to replace current CIA Director Gina Haspel.
“He 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. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director.”
Kamala Harris also made a statement about Burns, saying that he brings decades of experience in both democratic and republican administrations. “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.”
President-elect Biden has nominated career diplomat and crisis-tested national security expert Ambassador William Burns as Director of the CIA.
Ambassador Burns has a deep understanding of the threats we face, and will tirelessly protect the American people. pic.twitter.com/vcTyn7ejOp
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) January 11, 2021