Temporary Live Updates: Biden’s cabinet keeps itself away from Trump’s isolation

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The transition to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. began in earnest on Tuesday after President Trump authorized intelligence agencies to begin informing his successor of classified information in the president’s daily briefing, and transition teams began communicating with their agency counterparts throughout the agency. the federal government.

Mr Biden also officially announced the key members of his national security team on Tuesday in del Wilmington.

“Our teams can prepare to meet the challenges,” he said. “To curb the epidemic, better put it back, and protect the safety of the American people.”

Mr. Biden’s candidates seemed to completely reject the “first” isolation of the current administration.

“Diplomacy is back,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat, and Mr. Biden was elected U.S. ambassador. According to Antony J. Blinken, the Secretary of State’s candidate, America needs “humility and confidence” that depends on its allies.

The President-elect also formally introduced Alejandro N. Mayorkast, the Cuban U.S. state, as head of the Department of Homeland Security, and Avril D. Haines, who would be the first woman to be director of national intelligence. In her remarks, Ms. Haines warned Mr. Biden that she would bring her news that was politically “uncomfortable or difficult,” unlike the outgoing administration.

Mr Biden has appointed John Kerry, formerly Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, to a new role in the National Security Council to “put climate change on the agenda in my room” after the Trump administration tried for four years to get the words out of international agreements.

The protagonist, who has not yet been named, is Mr. Biden’s Secretary of Defense, although the lead candidate is believed to be Michèle Flournoy, who served as Secretary of Defense under Obama’s leadership and Trump set up a foreign policy consulting firm with Mr. Blinken, WestExec’s advisers.

While Mr. Trump has ended his blockade of the start of the formal transition process, he has continued to refuse to admit defeat, even as several states, including Pennsylvania’s battlefield, have confirmed their election results.

Transitional officials said their troops contacted all federal agencies to begin setting up meetings. About 20 such meetings took place on Tuesday, including at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education. Officials said the reception of the Trump administration was sensitive and helpful.

The stock market sped up on Tuesday with news that a strong transition is beginning, with the Dow Jones industry average closing at 30,000 for the first time. Investors appeared to be further strengthened by reports that Mr. Biden is expected to elect Janet L. Yellent, former president of the Federal Reserve, as treasury secretary. If selected and confirmed, Ms. Yellen and Ms. Flournoy would be the first women to hold office.

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President Trump abruptly canceled his planned trip to Gettysburg, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, where he attended a hotel gathering of Republican lawmakers to discuss state voting irregularities.

Members of the press conference on Mr Trump were told that the trip had been canceled just as they were about to set off after a consultant Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, had been around for the past two years a week on Twitter, saying it had a positive result. coronavirus.

Mr. Giuliani had planned to attend the hotel event and persuaded Trump to join him, despite the concerns of several other consultants who believed the attendance was under a seated president and tried to cancel the trip.

“The election is over,” Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for the newly elected president, Joseph R. Biden, told a news conference with reporters before the event was canceled. “Virtually everyone on Earth has accepted this truth, with the exception of President Trump and Rudy Giuliani.”

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A power struggle could ensue for the supreme democratic seat of the Senate Judiciary Committee after Senator Dianne Feinstein of California resigns the following year.

After Monday’s announcement, Illinois Senator Richard J. Durbin, No. 2 Democrat and next in line, said he intends to take on this role, noting that his 22 years on the board will provide Republicans with the experience they need to challenge the courts.

But the same progressives who tried to oust Ms. Feinstein, judging their aggression against Republicans to be insufficient, also indicated that they did not want Mr. Durbin. Instead, they began poking Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island to consider the offer. Mr. Whitehouse, a former federal prosecutor, spoke out against Republicans for trying to achieve a conservative judicial takeover through a network of undisclosed financial contributors.

Mr Whitehouse’s office initially refused to consider seeking the opinion of the Committee on Justice, but issued a statement on Tuesday night which, without directly calling on Mr Durbin, left the door open to continue the top gap. Mr Whitehouse said Democrat comrades need to decide who to fill the post.

“Following the announcement by ranking member Feinstein, I look forward to the issue of inheritance being decided by the House of Representatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. – I will keep the decision of the House of Representatives.

The potential clash illustrated the challenge Democrats are likely to face as the party tries to reconcile the views of progressive, demanding comprehensive change, new post-election leadership, and the views of others who say the results show a more moderate turnout. they want to control.

Unlike Republicans, who set the term for the presidency, Democrats generally follow the age in committee mandates. In addition to the whip of the party, Mr Durbin is also the most important Democrat in the panel on appropriations for the management of military expenditure, and this is a very influential position.

Some Democrats may find this sufficient. But Mr Durbin, who has just been re-elected, is a very experienced figure in domestic party politics and has remained at the summit for years, suggesting that Mr Whitehouse will have a hard time defeating him.

Whether the post he grabs will be chairman of the committee or a Supreme Democrat controlled by Republicans will depend on the outcome of the Senate’s two January 5 election crises in Georgia.

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After nearly three weeks of silence, China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, on Wednesday congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden and was one of the last great world leaders to acknowledge his victory.

In a message to Mr. Biden, Xi said China and the United States must “maintain a spirit of conflict and confrontation,” adding that states must “focus on cooperation and address differences,” state-controlled Xinhua says. news agency.

Mr Hsi “pointed out that promoting the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations is not only in the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but also a common expectation of the international community,” Xinhua wrote.

China’s Vice President Wang Qishan congratulated Kamala Harris as elected Vice President, Chinese state media reported.

The Chinese government has slowly acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory, saying he respects U.S. laws and procedures for determining an election winner. Last week, the Chinese State Department congratulated Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, but Mr. Xi himself listened, at least according to official media.

Relations between the United States and China have plummeted to their lowest levels in decades as the Trump administration spared Beijing on trade, technology, human rights and other issues. Chinese political experts said Beijing was originally a weapon shy because President Trump would not give in and officials were aware of the lawsuits that were threatened by his campaign and that could challenge the results.

Although Mr Biden is less willing to take a similarly cruel approach, few experts believe that his presidency will quickly re-establish relations. On the trail of the campaign, Mr. Biden called Mr. Xi a “bandit”. He said China’s rise represents the “biggest strategic challenge” for the United States and its allies.

According to the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party in China, the party’s calculation has changed because the General Services Administration on Monday finally allowed Mr. Biden’s team to begin the transition process.

“China believes that the election situation in the United States has settled,” the newspaper wrote beep.