WASHINGTON – US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday will unveil the people he plans to nominate to the top diplomacy and national security posts in his administration.
Among them is one of Biden’s closest foreign policy advisers, Anthony Blinken, whom he sees as his secretary of state.
“We have no time to waste when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” Biden said of the proposed appointments. “I need a team that is ready from day one to help me put America back at the top of the table, rally the world to solve the biggest challenges we face, develop our security, promote prosperity, and advance our values.”
According to media reports, the former head of the Fed, 74-year-old Janet Yellen, will be nominated for the post of Treasury Secretary. As the New York Times first noted, if approved, Yellen would become the first woman to head the Treasury.
Biden, 78, prepares to become the 46th President of the United States at the inauguration on January 20, despite the fact that President Donald Trump has not abandoned attempts to challenge the Democrat’s victory in the November 3 elections, although their success seems unlikely.
Apparently, Biden intends to re-enter the United States into several global alliances, which Trump has abandoned over the past four years.
Blinken, 58, is a veteran of US foreign policy who has been involved in decision-making for two decades. Many media outlets point out that he agrees with Biden that the United States must once again play a leading role in world affairs. This marks a departure from Trump’s America First Creed, which has sometimes pitted the United States into conflict with longtime Western allies.
Biden said that in his early days as president, he plans to reverse a number of Trump’s political decisions and re-join the Paris climate agreement, as well as stop the US withdrawal from WHO. According to him, he will also try to join the parties to the international agreement on limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
On Monday, the Office of General Services allowed Biden to formally begin preparations for the power transition. This includes permission for a government domain for the website and email, the ability to use federal office space, as well as detailed briefings on security threats and covert operations, and the granting of security clearance for Biden employees.
“In the coming days, members of the transition team will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss measures to combat the pandemic, gain a full understanding of the state of our national security interests, and a full understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to emasculate government departments,” said Biden’s chief of the transition team. Johannes Abraham.