Biden signals a sharp shift with the new national security team

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – The statement ‘America is back’, President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections to his national security team on Tuesday, was his first substantive offer on how to build on Trump-era ‘America First’ policy. from foreign policy and national security experts to the democratic institution to be its most important advisers.

Biden’s Washington veterans are all linked to the administration of former President Barack Obama as the president-elect wanted to send a clear message of his desire to restore a more predictable role for the United States on the global stage.

“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” Biden said at an introductory event where his national teams stood on stage, at least six feet apart and in mask.

The president-elect’s team includes Antony Blinken, a well-regarded veteran foreign policy hand on Capitol Hill, whose ties to Biden go back about 20 years as Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Lawyer, Secretary of Homeland Security; veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to the United Nations; and Obama White House alumni Jake Sullivan as a national security adviser.

Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA, has been elected director of national intelligence, the first woman to hold the post, and former Secretary of State John Kerry will make a curtain call as special envoy for climate change. Kerry and Sullivan’s position will not require Senate ratification.

As the Senate’s balance of power depends on two race races in Georgia in January, some Senate Republicans have already expressed antipathy to Biden’s selections as a re-run of Obama’s world.

Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkanaa and a potential presidential hope for the 2024 GOP, has mockingly accused Biden of being surrounded by “panda divers” who are softening in China. Senator Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will consider Blinken’s nomination, outlined the early selections as not inspiring.

“Biden’s cabinets have been placed in Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend appropriate conferences, and will be polite and regular caretakers due to America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.

But Biden’s transition team welcomed the election of an elected president as a group of “crisis-tested leaders” who will be ready to step on the ground in the new administration.

Outside of national security and foreign policy, Biden is expected to elect Janet Yellen as the first woman to become treasury secretary. Obama was nominated to head the Federal Reserve, the first woman in this position, and worked between 2014 and 2018.

According to Biden, his choices “reflect the idea that we cannot meet these challenges with old ways of thinking and unchanging habits”. He said he entrusted them with reaffirming global and moral leadership.

Biden’s emerging cabinet returns to a more traditional approach to governance that relies on veteran policy makers with deep expertise and strong connections in Washington and the world’s capitals. And with a roster that includes more women and colorful people – some of whom break historical hurdles in their positions – Biden is campaigning to promise to lead a team that reflects America’s diversity.

Thomas-Greenfield is black and Mayorkas is a Cuban American.

Mayorkas may be the most difficult reinforcement challenge among Biden’s early nominees.

Earlier in December 2013, the Senate confirmed by a partisan vote that it would be the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. The Senate was then controlled by Democrats, and all Senate Republicans voted against the confirmation of Mayorkas mainly because he was then being examined by Obama-appointed Superintendent. At the time, according to the Senate Historical Office, it was unprecedented for the Senate to vote for a candidate whose investigation was underway.

Superintendent John Roth noted in March 2015 that Mayorkas, as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, had given special treatment to certain people as part of the visa program, a residence that favors immigrants who agree to invest in the U.S. economy.

Meanwhile, there were signs on Tuesday that the stalled official transition to power is now underway.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that Kash Patel, the chief of staff of the Acting Secretary of Defense, is leading the department’s interim work. An ad hoc working group has been set up, led by Tom Muir, head of the Pentagon office, to provide administrative and administrative services to all facilities in the Washington Department of Defense.

The move came a day after the head of the General Services Administration wrote the necessary “statement” in which he acknowledged Biden as the apparent winner of the election, triggering the transition process.

The finding gives the incoming president and his team access to federal agency officials and instructs the Department of Justice to work on security clearances for members of the transition group and Biden political appointees.

It will also give his team access to domains on official government websites and free $ 6.3 million from Congressional funds for Biden’s interim team, as well as 175,000 square feet (16,200 square feet) of federal office space, including secure areas where Biden and his team are sensitive. you can get intelligence information. .

Trump, who continues to push for a legal challenge to overthrow the election results, again declined recognition of his election loss on Tuesday.

Trump tweeted that “the GSA does not determine who will be the next president of the United States.”