Biden presented candidates for key positions: Republicans are silent, and Democrats are unhappy
US President-elect Joe Biden has released a list of candidates for key positions in his new administration. They will take office after Biden officially takes the oath and becomes the 46th President of the United States. The inauguration will take place on January 20. Who entered the president's team, said the publication with the BBC.
Recently acting US President Donald Trump ordered to begin the transfer of power in the country of the Biden administration, although he did not admit his defeat in the elections and said that he would fight to the last.
Introducing his team, Biden said the US is "ready to become a world leader again."
Following Trump's orders to begin the transition process, Biden gained access to the budget, security and intelligence data, and the authority to issue orders to key officials.
Six key posts
On Tuesday, November 24, Biden introduced six people to key positions in his administration:
- Anthony Blinken will become the head of the State Department. Biden said that Blinken is an experienced diplomat and "will be ready to work from day one." Biden also added that the official will help the United States restore relations with other countries "with equal modesty and confidence."
- John Kerry will become the president's special envoy for climate. Kerry is one of the co-sponsors of the Paris Climate Agreement. The United States left the agreements under the Trump presidency. Kerry believes that the whole world must "unite and end the climate crisis."
- Avril Haynes will become the director of national intelligence. Biden said he chose her because she is "a professional and an ardent supporter of the truth."
- Alejandro Mallorcas will become secretary of internal security. Biden believes that the post is "one of the most difficult in government." Also, the future president said that Mallorcas will play a key role "in fixing the country's dysfunctional immigration system." Mallorcas himself said that his department will carry out "a noble mission - to help avoid danger and maintain a reputation for a hospitable country."
- Jake Sullivan will be appointed National Security Adviser to the President. Biden said Sullivan proved to be one of the most trusted advisers during the presidential campaign. And Sullivan, in turn, said that Biden taught him a lot in the work of government "and, more importantly, in human nature."
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield will become the new US ambassador to the UN. Biden calls her "an experienced and distinguished diplomat who treats everyone with respect."
Also, some media outlets report that Janet Yellen, who was the head of the US Federal Reserve System under President Obama, will be appointed to the post of head of the Treasury Department. This information has not yet been confirmed.
Progressives are unhappy
The politicians elected by Joe Biden are liked by the centrist Democrats: they happily discuss the diversity and experience of appointees. Among them are foreign policy veterans, successful women, and blacks.
But progressives are not so happy about the choice of the future president. They believe that Biden managed to get victory with their help, but now he does not want to see them in power.
They believe that the team that Biden put together consists of people who at one time were part of the Clinton and Obama team. They said that the country is returning to Blob ("clot"). The term was coined by Ben Rhodes, Obama's speechwriter, to refer to the sluggish Washington establishment.
Steven Wertheim of the Quincy Institute, which specializes in foreign policy, says the actions of the new Democratic team in the White House are likely to be similar to the work of the old team, which has devoted more time to military threats than, for example, climate change.
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“Progressives have cause for concern: whether significant changes will occur is not clear,” he says.
What Republicans Say
The people selected by Biden have vast experience in government. But this may not suit everyone. There is an opinion that long-term work for the government leaves an unpleasant imprint on officials.
However, the Republicans in the Senate are still silent and do not criticize Biden's choice.
President Trump continues to argue that there have been massive election frauds and Republicans are trying not to run ahead of the train, although Trump's attempts to prove his case in the courts were unsuccessful.
What Barack Obama wrote about Biden in his memoirs
Как wrote ForumDailyBarack Obama characterizes Biden as his political opposite. In 2008, he found it useful, because such a person on his team could ultimately rally people of different political views around Obama. The 44th president admitted that he was convinced that Republicans in Congress would be willing to negotiate with Biden.
“One of the reasons I chose Joe as a mediator - in addition to his Senate experience and legislative acumen - was my understanding that [Mitch] McConnell believed that negotiating with such a vice president would not irritate the Republican base in a way that any manifestation of cooperation with (black, Muslim socialist) Obama could anger her, ”the president's book says.
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