Joe Biden promises 'diplomacy first' after Trump era

Grant Boone
November 26, 2020

Nearly all of Mr Biden's picks so far are alumni of the Obama administration. Avril Haines is a former CIA deputy director and will be the first women to Director of National Intelligence if confirmed.

The GSA determination that Biden is the apparent victor gives him access to classified briefings on national security threats and will allow his aides to coordinate with health officials on addressing the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter Monday that Biden, whom she referred to as "the apparent president-elect", is now able to get access to millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin his transition to power.

On Tuesday night, climate campaigners projected onto the primary Department of Energy building messages urging President-elect Joe Biden to say "yes to a sustainable future" and no to Moniz, who now serves on the board of the polluting utility giant Southern Company. She is now going to be Director of National Intelligence. She was the first woman to hold that position.

Mr. Trump's second secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, boasted about his "swagger" as he alienated the United States from its closest allies, disregarded congressional mandates and dismissed an inspector general who investigated his use of department resources for personal ends.

Former secretary of state John Kerry, who Biden chose as his special envoy on climate change, confirmed the new administration would bring the USA back into the Paris climate accord which Trump pulled out of in 2015.

Biden selected Alejandro Mayorkas as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

"The challenges we face - a global pandemic, a global economy, the global climate change crisis, mass migration and extreme poverty, social justice - are unrelenting and interconnected, but they're not unresolvable if America is leading the way".

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Henson , The AMAs aired on Wednesday, November 22 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC . "We need to heal", the "Empire" actress said. Becky G, whose parents are Mexican-American, won for best female Latin artist and dedicated her award to immigrant workers.

As he makes a number of cabinet posts and high-profile appointments, Biden has tapped a prominent gay staffer for an important role.

Kerry will become the first member of the National Security Council to focus exclusively on climate change.

One immediate challenge for Canada is Biden's vow to scrap USA permits for TC Energy Corp's Keystone crude pipeline, a project that would move oil from the province of Alberta to Nebraska.

Jake Sullivan, an adviser of Mr Biden's during his vice-presidency, has been nominated to be the new national security adviser. "President Trump has changed the landscape".

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden's choice to be the USA ambassador to the United Nations, echoed those sentiments.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks at an event in December 2016. Rice was a favorite and frequent target of the GOP during the Obama administration and was thought to be a top contender for Secretary of State.

Trump did not respond to reporters' questions about whether he intends to invite Biden to the White House ahead of the transition of power.

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