Washington: America’s newly elected President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he had elected senior diplomat William Burns to the post of Director of the CIA. The 64-year-old Burns, who has been an Ambassador to Russia and Jordan, has 33 years of experience working with the Foreign Ministry and is both Republican and Democratic Presidents. Has worked with
Burns had been Deputy Foreign Minister before retiring in 2014. He took retirement to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace. Burns, who was silent on the tussle in the Foreign Ministry after Donald Trump took power in 2017, broke his silence last year and began writing highly critical articles on Trump’s policies on foreign affairs.
Biden said, “Burns is a brilliant diplomat who has decades of experience protecting our people and our country on global platforms.” He also said, “He also shares my strong view that the Intelligence Department should be non-political and the dedicated intelligence officer serving our nation deserves gratitude and respect.” Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, decision-making, and vision we need to stop the threats before we get close to us. The Americans will sleep peacefully when he is our next CIA Director. “