Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report

Nicholas Burns, a former diplomat who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations, will be joining former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act MORE's 2020 campaign as a formal adviser, CNN reported Sunday

Burns is a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE who announced earlier this month on Twitter that he would support Biden's candidacy for president. 

CNN reported Burns was hired by Biden foreign policy aide Antony Blinken.

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The Hill has reached out to Biden's campaign for comment. 

The former diplomat served as undersecretary of State, the third-highest-ranking State Department official, under former President George W. Bush. He was also on the National Security Council staff for five years under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonClintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick MORE

Burns also spent time as State Department spokesman and ambassador to Greece during the Clinton administration. 

Burns, 63, retired from public service in 2008 and is now a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.