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Biden picks key nominees

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Biden picks key nominees

Biden picks key nominees for national security and foreign policy team

The president-elect of the US Joe Biden has revealed several key appointments and nominations for his upcoming national security and foreign policy team. In a press release, the transition team of Joe Biden has confirmed that Mr. Biden will nominate Antony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of state, to serve as the secretary of state under his administration.

The press release further states that the former secretary of state Mr. John Kerry will be appointed as a special presidential envoy to address climate change and will sit on the national security council, and Mr.Jake Sullivan will be nominated as the national security advisor.

Mr. Sullivan is currently serving as a policy advisor to Mr. Biden and has served as his national security advisor when Mr. Biden was vice-president. He has also served as director of the policy planning staff while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Biden’s team has also confirmed that the president-elect will pick the first Latino and immigrant to head the Department of Homeland security and the first woman to lead the national intelligence. Alejandro Mayorkas, a former deputy of the department of homeland security will be nominated as the secretary of homeland security, and Avril Haines, a former CIA director will be nominated as the director of national intelligence. Mr. Mayorkas’s family left Cuba after the Castro revolution, and he served as the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services during the first term of President Barack Obama. Ms. Haines, besides serving as deputy director of the CIA, has also served as deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during 2007-2008, at the time when Mr. Biden was the chairman. Ms. Haines was also a counsel to the Obama administration’s National Security Council and helped in navigating legal issues around counter-terrorism operations.

Biden picks key nominees

Reports by several leading news outlets further reveal that the US is also going to get its first woman treasury secretary as Mr.Biden plans to nominate former federal reserve chairwoman Janet L. Yellen for the post.

Mr. Biden is expected to announce the names of his nominees in an event to be held at Wilmington, Del on Tuesday. Most of these nominees have been close aides to Mr.Biden and have long experience of working with him.

It is believed that after choosing Ms. Kamala Harris as his running mate, now Mr. Biden has carefully picked up people from underrepresented racial and gender groups to demonstrate his stated commitment to diversity. However, all these nominees will need to be get approved by the Senate to assume the positions; and if after the January run-off races in Georgia, Republicans maintain control of the senate; these nominees could find it difficult to get the required approval from the Senate.

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