White House chief of staff Ron Klain's wife, Monica Medina, has been appointed as the new Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources.
The decision was announced on Thursday, and it seems no one in the Biden administration was concerned with the optics around appointing the Chief of Staff's wife to the position.
The State Department issued a statement alongside Medina's appointment saying, "Decades of evidence shows that water security is essential to global efforts to increase equity and economic growth, build inclusive and resilient societies, bolster health and food security, decrease the risk of conflict or instability, and tackle the climate crisis."
Medina will work with the State Department to bolster President Biden's goal of a third of America's land and waters by 2030.
Medina stated during an interview with The Washington Post that, "If we can solve the biodiversity crisis, we’re a long way along the way to solving the climate crisis."
While that sounds well and good, there are still questions that need to be answered. By all appearances, this appointment had little to do with meritocracy and everything to do with connections.
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