Kerry, Blinken, Mayorkas, Yellen: the Biden team takes shape

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The future government of Joe Biden began to be put in place on Monday, giving priority to senior figures who served under Barack Obama, such as Antony Blinken, future head of American diplomacy, or Janet Yellen, approached at the Treasury.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, 76, will also return to Washington as the President's special climate envoy, a sign of the importance Joe Biden attaches to this issue.

The 78-year-old Democrat, who advances without paying attention to Donald Trump's refusal to concede defeat, is also seeking to make more room for women and minorities.

He thus plans, according to a source in his entourage, to appoint former President of the Central Bank Janet Yellen, 74, to the Treasury, a position held only by men so far.

Alejandro Mayorkas should for his part, if confirmed, become the first Hispanic responsible for Homeland Security.

Posing as a pledge of stability, Joe Biden campaigned by promising to end the chaos of the Trump era. And his first choices, selected from the circle of his relatives, reflect his desire to mark the contrast with the outgoing Republican president.

I need a team ready on day one, wrote the Democrat in a statement announcing his choices for Foreign Affairs and National Security. These individuals are as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative., he continued.

The return of multilateralism?

Antony Blinken.

Antony Blinken will lead US diplomacy.

Photo: Getty Images / MANDEL NGAN

At the key post of Secretary of State: Antony Blinken, 58, former number two of the State Department under President Barack Obama and one of Joe Biden's main diplomatic advisers.

Strong supporter of multilateralism, Tony Blinken should tackle the Iranian nuclear issue as a priority. If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Mike Pompeo as head of diplomacy.

For Barack Obama, the allies of the United States, mistreated over the past four years, are going to be very relieved to see people like Tony arrive.

John Kerry will be immediately responsible for bringing the United States back to the Paris Agreement that he negotiated in 2015 and that Donald Trump then tore up. He promised to treat the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.

A 68-year-old African-American diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will become an ambassador to the UN. Alejandro Mayorkas, born 60 years ago in Havana, will head the Department of Homeland Security. The former federal prosecutor knows this administration well, of which he was deputy minister from 2013 to 2016.

When I was very young, the United States provided shelter for my family, opponents of the Castro regime, recalled in a tweet the one who will soon be responsible for overseeing the protection of all Americans and those fleeing persecution.

A woman at the head of National Intelligence

The president-designate also intends to appoint Avril Haines, 51, director of National Intelligence and Jake Sullivan, 43, as his national security adviser.

Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will make a speech to formally announce the appointments Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Joe Biden met there on Monday with the mayors of several major cities, including New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta, showing his determination to move forward despite the multiple legal actions of Donald Trump.

There is no doubt that the Democrat will become the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021.

But Donald Trump's denial implies in particular that the president-designate still does not, nearly three weeks after the election, have access to classified information on highly sensitive issues concerning the security of the United States, as is the custom. .

He was also unable to begin coordinating with the Trump team in managing the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 256,000 lives in the United States.

Pending the handover

Joe Biden won nearly 80 million votes in the poll, compared to just under 74 million for the Republican billionaire. But the American presidency is played out through a system of large voters allocated in each state.

Usually a quasi-routine procedure, the certification of results in key states this time takes on a national scope under the unfounded accusations of massive fraud launched by Donald Trump.

In Michigan, where Joe Biden has 155,000 votes more than his rival, one of the two Republican officials of the Michigan vote validation committee joined Democrats on Monday in approving the confirmation of the results of the 3 November in this state.

A handful of counties in Pennsylvania, tasked with doing the same by the end of the day, were showing delays.

Donald Trump called on the Republican Party on Sunday to to fight, but a growing number of big names in the party are calling on him to acknowledge his defeat, some even seeing in the behavior of the president's lawyers a national shame, worthy ofa banana republic.

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