Ex-White House economic chief Brian Deese steps in for Biden at Taiwanese presidential inauguration

Ex-White House economic chief Brian Deese steps in for Biden at Taiwanese presidential inauguration


Former top White House economic aide Brian Deese will be part of a bipartisan diplomatic delegation representing President Joe Biden at the inauguration of Taiwanese President-elect Lai Ching-te next week in Taipei.

The selection of Deese, who stepped down as director of Biden’s National Economic Council in February 2023, underscores the importance of Taiwan’s economy, particularly as a semiconductor manufacturer, to the U.S.

Deese will be accompanied by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Lee Armitage, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush and later identified Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA operative in a media leak. Brookings Institution Center for Asia Policy Studies nonresident senior fellow Richard Bush, who was chair of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto U.S. embassy

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