WASHINGTON – “Diplomacy is back” and America will be a “host country”.
These were just two of the political shifts promised by members of the national security team of President-elect Joe Biden to bring Biden’s election to the top positions in the cabinet on Tuesday.
Biden said his candidates “will restore America’s global, global, and moral leadership and ensure that members of our service, diplomats, and intelligence professionals can do their jobs politically.”
He joined Biden and elected Vice President Kamala Harris on the Wilmington stage in Delaware, elected by Antony Blinken, Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, election of Biden to lead the Department of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, expected candidate for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan, Incoming National Security Consultant; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who has been touched in the service of the United Nations Ambassador; and former Secretary of State John Kerry, who will take on a newly created role as Special Envoy for Climate Change.
The event offered millions of Americans the first opportunity to hear directly from their candidates, who have decades of experience in foreign policy, but not necessarily household names.
In summary, their remarks have looked at a foreign policy approach that seems completely at odds with what President Donald Trump has been doing for the past four years.
There were no CEOs or military officers in high-ranking companies, there was no mention of “America for the first time”, no reference to curbing immigration or refugees, and no suggestions that U.S. foreign policy should serve economic interests through trade agreements and bilateral procurement. agreements.
Instead, candidates spoke of the importance of restoring America’s moral leadership, upholding human rights, and strengthening multilateral ties with allies and democracies around the world.
While few Republicans doubted Biden’s candidates ’raw ratings, GOP senators were already grumbling on Tuesday about the new approach. Biden is likely to need at least a few Republican votes to confirm his candidates in their posts.
“Biden’s cabinet signals have been put into Ivy League schools, they have a strong resume, they attend appropriate conferences, and they will be polite and regular caretakers on America’s decline,” Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla, tweeted Tuesday. “I support American greatness and have no interest in returning to the ‘normal’ that has made us dependent on China.”
Building on Biden’s earlier statements on China, his incoming administration is ready to take a tougher line with America’s main economic opponent than President Barack Obama.
Here are some candidates:
Blinken: “We must continue with the same level of humility and trust. Humility, because, as the President-elect said, we cannot solve all the world’s problems alone. We need to work with other countries, we need their cooperation and we need our partnership. But trust also, because America has, at best, greater capabilities than any other earthly country to bring others together to meet the challenges of our time.
Mayorkas: “The noble mission of the Ministry of Homeland Security is to keep us safe and to promote our proud history as a host country … My father and mother brought the country here to avoid communism. They cherished our democracy and were intensely proud of their unity. I have become a citizen of states, just like me. ”
Thomas-Greenfield: “My career diplomats and civil servants around the world. I want to tell you, America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back.”
Haines: “Mr. President-elect, you know I have never refrained from telling the truth to the power, and that will be my responsibility as Director of National Intelligence … he never wants me to do otherwise, and he appreciates the perspective of the intelligence community, [and] it will do so even if what I have to say can be uncomfortable or difficult. And I can assure you that there will be times like this. ”
Sullivan: Mr President-elect: “He has also entrusted us with putting people at the heart of our foreign policy. He has told us about the alliances we have rebuilt, the institutions we have led, the agreements we have signed, and all of them need to be judged on a basic issue. does it make the lives of families across the country? ”
Kerry: “The road ahead is exciting. It means creating millions of middle-class jobs, less pollution for our air and our oceans, it means making the lives of citizens around the world healthier, and it means strengthening the security of everyone. The climate crisis in his deal, President-elect Joe Biden is determined to seize the future now and leave a healing planet for future generations. “