Joe Biden Gathering what was promised to be a diverse government, Michael Flournoy is said to be the first choice for the US Secretary of Defense, and Susan Rice is the front-runner for the Secretary of State.
Flournoy was previously a senior defense advisor in the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations and is considered a moderate politician. Since leaving the government, she has participated in several advisory roles on military contracts.
Appointment, if previously confirmed U.S. congressIt would end a tumultuous period under Donald Trump, who had five defense ministers during his presidency. The latter, Mark Esper, was unofficially dismissed on Monday, among other things, for his disagreement with the president over the use of force against civilian protesters.
If she becomes America’s first Secretary of Defense, Flournoy will likely face the task of deploying the Army to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine. It will likely seek to rebuild the United States’ international reputation, saying at a conference in March that “it will take a lot of work over several years to restore that confidence and that standing.”
Biden, who has pledged to “be president of all Americans,” will face a challenge having his cabinet bypass the Republican-controlled Senate if the party retains, as expected, control of the room after two special elections in Georgia in January. If political moderates are presented and even Republicans As for the roles, he risks stirring up anger among the progressive democratic wing.
Rice, who served as a national security advisor and ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama administration, is seen as a safe choice for the State Department, although some Republicans may object to her over what they see as misleading statements about the 2012 attack on the United States. A consulate in Libya in which four Americans were killed.
When asked while cycling on Saturday, Biden emphasized that he is close to choosing a government that will face severe challenges once the president-elect enters the White House on January 20.
The uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 is spreading largely across the country, with a record number of cases recorded daily on Friday. a Biden administration It will have to somehow tame the pandemic while framing a response to the economic fallout that has cost millions of jobs, likely in the face of opposition from Republicans in the Senate.
Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who became a vocal advocate of Biden after giving up his presidential ambitions, could be in line for a job, perhaps as an ambassador to the United Nations.
Lyle Brainard, a conservative at the Federal Reserve and another moderate politician, is the favorite to be appointed Treasury Secretary, while Doug Jones, who was recently defeated as a Senator from Alabama, or Sally Yates, the acting attorney general under Trump before he was fired, Forward as attorney general.
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