The move does not grant Mr. Burns any new powers or authority. Instead, it is a largely symbolic appointment aimed at underscoring his importance and influence in the Biden administration.
In a statement, Mr. Biden said Mr. Burns will bring “a clear-eyed, long-term approach to our nation’s top national security challenges.” The president ticked off a list of issues in which Mr. Burns‘s advice would be invaluable, including Russia’s war against Ukraine, China’s military aggression and the risks of artificial intelligence.
“Bill has always given me clear, straightforward analysis that prioritizes the safety and security of the American people, reflecting the integral role the CIA plays in our national security decision-making at this critical time,” Mr. Biden said.
Mr. Burns will now participate in Cabinet meetings alongside Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and various secretaries and heads of federal agencies.
When Mr. Biden took office, he decided not to include Mr. Burns on the Cabinet because the director of national intelligence already was a member and the head of the administration’s intelligence community.