In recent days, Biden has announced that he will appoint Antony Blinkent as Secretary of State and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – for positions whose residents require ratification by the Senate. President-elect also called Jake Sullivan his National Security Adviser, a role in the White House over which the Senate has no say.
Blinken, Thomas-Greenfield and Sullivan join a handful of other high-profile candidates – including former Secretary of State John Kerry – who have so far been easy in surprises, difficult in experienced hands and veterans of the Obama administration. Biden has not yet announced the election of a defense secretary at the heart of the national security apparatus, despite widespread speculation that the job will be given to Michèle Flournoy.
Rubio ran in the presidential election in 2016 and remains one of the top-level legislators in the GOP. The Florida senator, the child of Cuban immigrants, has made a particularly loud statement on foreign policy issues and his concern about the U.S. relationship with China is in line with one of the Trump administration’s core international relations.
Biden vowed to confront China’s growing influence on the world stage while breaking away from President Donald Trump’s unconventional foreign policy approach – especially the traditional allies of the United States, whom Trump occasionally alienated and concealed.
But the president-elect must choose a fine line for administrative positions that require Senate approval, given the razor-thin margins of the chamber and the likelihood that candidates will need to gain Republican support to gain confirmation. Some Republican senators have recently indicated their willingness to sign Biden’s cabinet elections – while warning they will sink candidates they think are out of the mainstream – potentially neutralizing what Biden’s presidency would be like early.