The White House formally announced that Mr. Zients, 56, would be taking over for Ron Klain, who has held the role since President Biden took office two years ago.
The vice president said the Biden administration was “fighting back” against reproductive health restrictions by directing several federal agencies to explore how to support access to the abortion pill.
“I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there,” the president told a reporter who asked if he regretted not divulging that classified material was found at his office before the midterms.
The president will travel to the San Jose and Santa Cruz areas in an effort to assess how much federal aid may be needed to help the state recover from weeks of winter storms.
She will contrast the Biden administration’s efforts with Republicans across the country who have tried to curtail access to abortion and some forms of contraception since the ruling was overturned.
One of the Americans being held is an independent filmmaker who had been held since August.
At one point, the bartenders ran out of glassware, depriving some invitees of social lubricant after years spent in a pandemic.
State visits are meant to test how far flattery can get a president in winning the support of a key ally. But President Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France have a “genuine” rapport, an official said.
Naomi Biden, the president’s eldest grandchild, will be wed on the South Lawn on Saturday morning. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon and a black-tie evening reception.
Setting a meeting gives the two leaders an opportunity for face-to-face time, but President Biden said he would deliver no “fundamental concessions” over Taiwan.