By Matthew Kassel and Jacob Kornbluh
Halie Soifer, executive director of the JDCA, who served as Coons’s senior foreign policy advisor from 2011 to 2014, described her former boss as “a principled and values-driven leader when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, including on the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
“The vice president has learned to count on Chris,” said Miami-based developer Michael Adler, who is considered to be Biden’s closest friend in the Jewish community. “Chris doesn’t just bring politics. He brings a deep concern and knowledge of the issues so that decisions can be made based on facts and not based on political motivations. He’s been able to develop relationships with Republicans and has worked closely across the aisle, especially on Iran and other foreign policy issues. That also is something that the vice president did when he was senator.”
Coons, who currently serves as vice chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, was among the first to endorse Biden for president back in April 2019. “That is a reflection of how close they are,” Soifer averred.