President-elect Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, November 24, the “Return” of America ready to lead on the world stage after the Trump years, by presenting the seasoned team he has chosen to lead diplomacy and security in his future government.
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On a large stage in his stronghold of Wilmington, the 78-year-old Democrat had words for each of the first six big names nominated to accompany him upon his arrival at the White House on January 20. With the return of multilateralism as a key message, the opposite of “America first” advocated by Donald Trump. And his “Determination” to fight against climate change.
“Multilateralism is back”
“This is a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world”said Joe Biden, accompanied by his future vice president Kamala Harris. This first round of appointments includes several seasoned personalities who served under Barack Obama, such as Antony Blinken, future head of diplomacy.
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In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“We cannot solve the world’s problems alone”, said this former number two of the State Department. “Multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back”, added the future American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Signaling its commitment to fight against “Climate crisis”, a “Existential threat”, the future 46th President of the United States has created a role of special envoy for John Kerry. This former head of diplomacy had himself signed, on behalf of the United States, the climate agreement negotiated in 2015.
The president-elect has promised to return from the first day of his mandate in the Paris agreement and to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 in the United States.
A woman at the head of the intelligence services
Claiming to want to give a greater place to women and minorities, the former vice-president of Barack Obama appointed the first Hispanic to head internal security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the first woman to head the intelligence services, April Haines.
The Democrat also plans, according to a source around him, to appoint former Central Bank President Janet Yellen to the Treasury.
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By choosing these qualified personalities and accustomed to power, Joe Biden signals a return to a more traditional policy than that of his predecessor Donald Trump, who arrived in Washington on the promise to break with the establishment.
However, the Democrat rejected the idea that he was only replaying a new Obama term with his team. “We are facing a totally different world”, he told NBC in his first interview since the election. “President Trump was a game-changer. It became America first, it was America alone. “
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After two weeks of unprecedented denial in American history, the outgoing president finally gave the green light on Monday evening to initiate the process of transition to a Biden administration. Without conceding his defeat in the presidential election of November 3.