President-elect Joe Biden introduced key members of his cabinet and national security team during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday afternoon and said, “America is back.”
“This is a team that keeps our country and our people safe and secure. This is a team that reflects the fact that America is back. He is ready to lead the world, not retreat. Sit at the top of the table again. Ready to stand up to our opponents and not reject our allies, we are ready to stand up for our values. , ”Biden said as he presented his choices for the positions he described as“ critical ”.
These elections include Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as National Security Adviser, and John Kerry as Biden’s specialty. Climate Commissioner.
The remarks were Biden’s first public remarks since the head of the General Services Administration informed the elected president on Monday that the government’s formal transition process had been approved.
Biden said he was “pleased to have received the GSA ‘s findings to achieve a smooth and peaceful transfer of power so our troops can prepare to meet current challenges – pandemic control, better construction and security, and the security of the American people.” “
He also urged lawmakers to take swift action to strengthen their national security team.
“I hope for the U.S. Senate that these nominated candidates get an immediate hearing and that we can work in good faith in the corridor to move forward for the benefit of the country,” Biden said.
Earlier in the day, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Who acknowledged Bident as president-elect, gave faint praise for the cabinet selections, saying that Biden was “resistant to the far left in most of the selections so far.” Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl. He tweeted that Biden’s choice “went to Ivy League schools, has strong resumes, attends relevant conferences, and will be polite and regular guardians of America’s decline … He was not interested in returning to the” normal “that made us dependent on China.”
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Mayorkas, who, like Rubio, is a Cuban American, the first Latin and the first immigrant to lead internal security, while Haines is the first woman to be nominated for DNI. Kerry’s election is the first time the National Security Council has hired a climate change official.
Biden’s national security candidates spoke at the event, with Blinken discussing the importance of the country’s ideals.
“My late stepfather, Samuel Pisar, was among 900 children at his school in Bialystok, Poland, but the only one who survived the Holocaust after a year in a concentration camp,” Blinken said. “At the end of the war, he made a break in a deadly march into the Bavarian Forest. He heard a deep roaring sound from his hiding place. It was a tank. But instead of the Iron Cross, he painted a five-pointed white star on his side. He ran to the tank, the opening opened. An African-American geographic identifier looked down at him. He knelt down and said the only three words he knew in English that his mother taught him before the war: “God bless America.” That’s how we are. America represents this to the world, no matter how imperfect.
President Donald Trump, who is under increasing pressure for public inclusion, spoke briefly to reporters in a White House briefing on Tuesday afternoon, but made no mention of the election results. Instead, Trump advertised the stock market, demanding credit for its record high.
“I just want to congratulate everyone in the administration who has worked so hard. And most importantly, I want to congratulate the people of our country because there are no people like you,” Trump said before leaving the room without question. He later pardoned a turkey named Corn, whom he joined in honor of another Thanksgiving named Cob.
After weeks of delay, Emily Murphy, the GSA administrator, wrote in a letter that Biden, whom he called an “apparent elected president,” now has access to millions of federal dollars and other government resources to begin his rise to power.
Trump said on Monday that he was still fighting the election results, later posting an unfounded conspiracy over the voting machines, but said he had suggested to Murphy that he “do things about the initial minutes and say the same to my team.”
In other temporary news:
- Biden is expected to appoint Janet Yellent, former president of the Federal Reserve, as treasury secretary.
- Mayorkas indicated that he had moved away from Trump’s strict immigration policy.
- Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, DN.Y. according to the GSA, the letter “is probably the closest to the concession that President Trump can issue.”
- Legal experts have called the efforts of Trump and his senior lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, “beyond embarrassment” to overthrow the election results.
- Pennsylvania vindicated Biden’s victory as more states prepare for the certification, dampening Trump’s hopes of overthrowing the election results.
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein says she is leaving as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.