Wilmintgon, Delware – President-elect Joe Biden announced today, Tuesday, the individuals he will nominate to make up the team of national security advisers in what was his first taste of how he plans to shift the Donald Trump era of “America First”.
All of the nominees are veterans of Washington politics with connections to the administration of former President Barack Obama. However, there are risks to Biden’s plan, with Republicans planning attacks and progressives fear that Biden has chosen people who were too cautious the last time they were in power.
Together, these public servants will restore America’s moral and global leadership. It is a team that will reflect the fact that America is back and ready to be the world leader, that it will not back down or hide, “Biden said during a press conference at a theater in Wilmington, the town where he grew up.RELATED
Biden’s nominees are starkly different from those Trump nominated, whose coat has consisted mostly of men, and nearly all of them white. The people targeted by Biden include various women and people of color who would break down barriers if confirmed for their respective positions.
The team selected by Biden includes Antony Blinken for secretary of state, a foreign policy expert with a solid reputation; the lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of the Department of National Security (Homeland Security); diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations (UN); and Jake Sullivan, who worked under the Obama administration, as a national security adviser.
Avril Haines, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was chosen to head the national intelligence service and would be the first woman to hold that position. For his part, former Secretary of State John Kerry will be a special envoy in charge of climate change policy. Sullivan and Kerry’s positions do not require Senate confirmation.
All of the nominees were behind Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the press conference in which protocols were observed to prevent COVID-19 infections, including social distancing and the use of masks.
Because the balance of power in the Senate is not established because of two recount in Georgia to be decided in January, some Republican senators have expressed antipathy toward Biden’s nominations.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a potential candidate for president in 2024, mocked Biden by saying that he surrounded himself with “panda protectors” who will show no force against China. Meanwhile, legislator Marco Rubio, another potential presidential candidate and member of the Foreign Relations Commission that will examine Blinken’s nomination, paid little attention to the appointments.
“Those chosen by Biden studied in the best universities, have extensive resumes, attend the right conferences, and will be gracious caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio said in a tweet.
Biden explained that his selections “reflect the idea that we cannot address these challenges using old methods and unmodified procedures.” He added that he assigned them the task of reaffirming the global and moral leadership of the United States in what was a clear blow to Trump and his reluctance to establish alliances with other countries.
The president-elect said he was surprised by the number of world leaders who have told him they are eager for the United States to resume its historic role as a global leader under his administration.
Trump, who is still debating whether he will run as a presidential candidate in 2024, appeared to defend his worldview during the activity in which he “spared” the lives of several turkeys before Thanksgiving.
“We shouldn’t put ‘America first’ aside,” Trump said.