Biden considered Pete Buttigieg the ambassador of China: Report

  • President-elect Joe Biden sees Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend in Indiana, as China’s ambassador, according to Axios.
  • Buttigieg approved and campaigned for Biden after he dropped out of the Democratic presidential race.
  • During his campaign, Biden promised to be tough on China.
  • Axios also reported that Buttigieg is being considered for other key domestic roles – but he could also play a leading role.
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President-elect Joe Biden is considering appointing former presidential rival Pete Buttigieg as its Chinese ambassador, Axios reported Tuesday.

People familiar with Biden’s mindset told Axios that he was considering Buttigieg for the role, as well as other leading domestic positions in his administration, including the Department of Transportation or Commerce.

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, dropped out of the 2020 presidential race in March after delivering an unexpectedly strong performance that meant victory in the Iowa election.

Buttigieg then approved Biden and campaigned for it.

Buttigieg joined Biden’s transition team in November after Biden won the election against President Donald Trump.

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Buttigieg and Biden will shake hands after the October 2019 democratic presidential debate.

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During Biden’s campaign, he promised to be tough on China and was critical of Trump’s relationship with the country, accusing the president of not resisting effectively.

Tensions with China marked Trump’s presidency, tariffs and a trade war were introduced.

As Business Insider Thomas Colson reported, Biden was critical of this strategy and experts say he is likely to work with Europe to put pressure on China.

Axios reported that many in the Democratic Party think the 38-year-old Buttigieg is likely to run again for the presidential election – and that giving him that role would give China a chance to meet a possible future president.

The report also said Buttigieg wanted to be the UN ambassador, but Biden did not choose him for the role.

Buttigieg now says he wants roles in foreign policy or national security most, sources told Axios.

Axios also noted that Biden focused on nominating color and females for roles, and it is still possible that Buttigieg will not be nominated for any candidates.