President-Elect Joe Biden Announces Cabinet Picks

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On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden presented his nominee for critical national security and foreign policy roles as the transition process formally started. A few additional states certified their election results. 

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During a national address, The President-elect said his cabinet picks are set to lead the world, not retreat from it. While announcing Cabinet Picks, Biden referenced them as an ‘Incredible Team.’ 

The ‘Incredible Team’ 

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced six of the high-ranking representatives he has chosen to fill in as a feature of his national security team, 

Saying that together they would reinstate the United States as a global leader and thus neuter terrorism, extremism, nuclear proliferation, and the climate crisis. 

Encompassed by the team on a socially distanced stage at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Mr. Biden declared, “America is back.” He said the officials were set to lead the world, not retreat from it. 

Notably missing from the stage was Mr. Biden’s pick to fill in as defense secretary. Although Michèle Flournoy, the Pentagon’s high-ranking representative under President Barack Obama, is viewed as a top applicant, there was no mention of who may fill that post. 

Mr. Biden featured various “firsts” among equals in the team, including Alejandro Mayorkas, who might be the first immigrant and first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and Avril Haines, formerly a deputy director of the C.I.A, who might be the first lady to fill in as head of national intelligence if she gets the Senate’s nod. 

Jake Sullivan, Mr. Biden’s choice to fill in as National Security Adviser Mr. Biden pointed out that Sullivan would be the most youthful individual to co-ordinate the national security team in many years. 

As his climate envoy, Biden picked previous Secretary of State John Kerry. The role doesn’t need Senate affirmation, guaranteeing that a principal on the National Security Council would make a full-time job battling climate change for the first time. 

Mr. Biden said that Mr. Kerry would have a seat at each table the world over and that his choice of Mr. Kerry would signal to the world leaders that the climate issue was a priority. 

Both Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took no inquiries from the press. Be that as it may, in their comments, they and the officials they had chosen drew a distinct difference from President Trump. 

Mr. Biden said his team would have the Americans know what they have to know, not what they want to know. He said they would make Americans proud again. 

Mr. Biden’s decision for secretary of state and one of his closes foreign policy advisers, Antony J. Blinken, said he felt an obligation to keep America as the “last best hope on Earth,” as it had been for his own family. 

Mr. Blinken stated that his granddad came to America corollary to escaping massacres in Russia. His dad’s wife fled socialist Hungary as a little youngster.

The stepfather was a Holocaust survivor from Poland who went through four years in inhumane imprisonments-concentration camps and whose life was spared by an African-American soldier after he had split away from a death march into the Bavarian woods. 

“He fell to his knees and said the only three words he knew in English that his mom had taught him: ‘God Bless America,’ Proceeded Mr. Blinken. “The G.I. lifted him into the tank, into America, into opportunity. That is who we are.” 

“America is back,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a lifelong ambassador and Mr. Biden’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said. “Diplomacy is back.” 

Mr. Mayorkas said the Department of Homeland Security had a respectable mission in propelling America’s proud history as a nation of welcome, a departure from the Trump administration’s propensity to crack down on all forms of immigration. 

Ms. Haines said she had never shied from speaking truth to power and that she accepted the designation realizing that Mr. Biden could never need her to do something to the contrary. 

The occasion came a day after Mr. Trump approved his administration to formally start the transition process, even as he wouldn’t yield the election results and vowed to proceed with his legal battle in court. 

Trump’s refusal to concede

Even for over two weeks after Mr. Biden’s triumph was apparent, the head of the General Services Administration’s refusal to ascertain the elections’ results and the Trump administration’s refusal to co-operate served to block Mr. Biden’s transition team access to government resources.

The G.S.A. at long last gave the ascertainment on Monday, paving the way for Mr. Biden to begin formally announcing his selections. 

President-elect Biden made known his gratitude to have received the ascertainment from G.S.A. that created room for a smooth and peaceful transition of power; thus, teams can prepare to address the challenges at hand.

Furthermore, he implored senators to approve his nominees on a bipartisan premise, an indication that he’s alive to the impediments that the Republican led-Senate at least until Georgia’s runoff elections in January — could stance to his administration.

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