Kirby will become the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. In the new role, he will “coordinate interagency efforts to explain United States policy and will serve as a senior administration voice on related matters,” the White House said in a statement.
“John understands the complexities of US foreign and defense policy, and he will ably represent the Administration on important national security issues,” Biden said in a statement.
Kirby said he was “incredibly honored” and expressed gratitude to Biden and Austin in a statement on Friday.
Kirby was seen at the White House last week getting a tour of the West Wing. He told people that, despite his years in government service, it was his first time in there. A source said that Kirby met with Biden to discuss the role in recent days.