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Ron Klain’s ‘high class’ tweets ‘not a top priority’ for White House, Psaki says

Katherine Doyle October 14, 05:41 PM October 14, 05:41 PM

The White House dismissed concerns over tweets shared by one of President Joe Biden’s closest advisers through his official account, calling the issue a matter of personal speech.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain’s Twitter habits are “not a top priority” for the Biden administration, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday. She said Klain is speaking “on his own accord,” with staffers free to “tout points they find interesting.”

“That’s the purpose of public speech,” Psaki added.

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Klain’s Twitter feed is scrutinized as a leading indicator of where the Biden administration stands on key issues. So when Klain, a prolific Twitter user with more than half a million followers, twice shared a tweet claiming the nation’s inflation, supply chain, and other economic woes apply to a narrow and privileged population, the outcry was swift.

The original tweet by economist Jason Furman called the economic strain “high class problems.” Furman, who chaired former President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the problem was tempered by low unemployment.

“Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems,” Furman said. “We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.”

Klain endorsed the tweet, writing “This.”

It’s not the first time Klain has drawn attention for his Twitter activity.

Biden’s chief of staff often uses his Twitter account to promote the administration’s policy agenda and to boost articles that explain or defend it.

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Frequent retweets of writers who praised Biden as “wise” and “reminiscent of FDR” and tweets praising Klain’s own tenure as “masterful” after just a few weeks in office have also prompted scrutiny.

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