A Look at President-elect Biden’s Foreign Policy & National Security Nominees, Appointments
Some Republicans lawmakers are quietly supporting the president’s legal efforts challenging election results, but a growing number are calling on the president to concede the race.
The formal transition process will not take place as long as the president holds out, meaning President-elect Joe Biden and his team cannot get the proper clearance they need for national briefings.
The president-elect is, however, focusing on building his cabinet, set to formally announce several of his picks Tuesday.
Let’s take a look at some of the key national security and foreign policy nominees and appointments President-elect Biden is planning for his administration.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry under President Barack Obama will be nominated to serve as special presidential envoy for climate.
Kerry signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the U.S. in 2015.
He also launched a bipartisan organization with the goal of reaching net-zero carbon in the U.S. by 2050.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
She is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has served on four continents.
She was also the assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs in the Obama-Biden administration.
Avril Haines has been tapped to serve as President-elect Biden’s director of national intelligence.
She is the former principal deputy national security advisor to former President Obama and legal advisor to National Security Council.
If confirmed, Haines would be the first woman to service as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Additionally, Tony Blinken has been tapped to serve as President-elect Biden’s secretary of state, Jake Sullivan for national security adviser and Alejandro Mayorkas as the Department of Homeland Security secretary.
If confirmed, Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and Latino to lead the department.
Former Fed chair Janet Yellen has been tapped for treasury secretary.