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Biden announces members of new Cabinet, tapping Blinken as secretary of state

  • November 24, 2020
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NHK reported that former Vice President Biden, who has declared victory in the U.S. presidential election, announced on Monday six top-level members of his new administration: former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken as secretary of state, former Secretary of State John Kerry as special envoy for climate, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, former Deputy Director of the CIA Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, former Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador, and Jake Sullivan, who served as Vice President Biden’s national security advisor, as national security advisor. All of them served as senior officials under the Obama administration. The network noted that all six have many years of experience working on foreign and security policy, adding that this marks a clear contrast with President Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson, who had no diplomatic experience before he served as secretary of state four years ago. The network conjectured that Biden made it clear that he plans to pursue diplomacy based on experience and expertise in order to shift the U.S. away from “America First” policies and bring it back to international cooperation. Noting that a sense of vigilance against China is growing even among Democrats, the network quoted a source close to U.S.-Japan relations as saying: “There is no doubt that [the Biden administration] will take a tougher stance on China than the Obama administration,” adding that the incoming administration is expected to call for further cooperation from Japan and its other allies. The network also said several U.S. media outlets have reported that former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is likely to be tapped as treasury secretary. 

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