By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Following is a statement by a top White House official after President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that Joe Biden was joining him on his second inaugural team, saying Biden would remain an adviser to the Democratic Party. Vice President Mike Pence announced in October that Biden would join the Trump Administration as a White House ‘chief of staff’ and director of “key strategic and economic efforts.” Biden, the vice president and a former three-term U.S. senator from Delaware, became famous for his brief time as a presidential candidate in 2016 and his two unsuccessful presidential bids. The announcement of his appointment came as Republicans were expected to pick up the Senate majority in November’s midterm elections, but Democrats’ momentum was lagging against a wave of protest that is expected to give them control of Congress for the first time in more than a century. On Wednesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly said Biden would ‘remain an adviser for our team.’ Trump did not indicate who was advising him as he mingled with lawmakers, analysts and other guests on a day in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states should now get permission to require full disclosure of their recent income tax returns to the federal government. At one point during the event, Trump did an awkward dance before speaking to former Attorney General Eric Holder. Rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attacked the decision to stay mum on Biden’s hire, which came as the first presidential inauguration comes less than two months ahead of the mid-term congressional elections. ‘He needs to explain how he could make a choice on this matter, especially considering what he’s done for our country,’ Sanders said in an interview on MSNBC. ‘If he had gone ahead and made that decision when we were doing that general discussion about the election, he would have been on a microphone and he could have said: I hate what we did. I don’t want to be in this job. I want to be with my family.’ Chief of staff John Kelly said Biden has agreed to remain “an adviser for our team.” He said Trump would not discuss Biden’s decision or his spokesman’s comments. (Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)