Antony Blinken is scheduled to be appointed Secretary of State, and former Secretary of State John Kerry will become a special envoy on climate issues.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, introducing people who are scheduled to be nominated for top positions in diplomacy and national security in the new administration.
Biden plans to appoint Anthony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as a National Security Adviser, and John Kerry as the President’s Special Envoy on climate issues.
In his speech, Biden said that under his leadership, the United States would play a leading role in the Pacific and Atlantic regions. He also expressed his intention to strengthen alliances in the Asia-Pacific region.
The President-elect said that during telephone conversations with world leaders, he was struck by “how much they look forward to the United States regaining its historic role as a global leader in the Pacific, in the Atlantic and around the world.”
He also assured that he would not involve the country in unnecessary conflicts.
According to Biden, the candidates he chose reflect his belief that “America is most powerful when it cooperates with its allies.” “This is a team that reflects the fact that America is ready to lead the world again, not pull away from it,” he said.
He also stressed that the issue of climate change would be one of the priorities of his administration. Former Secretary of State John Kerry will oversee efforts to combat climate change as the President’s special envoy and serve on the National Security Council. This is the first time that an employee dealing with climate change issues will join the Council.
Kerry said he shares Biden’s view on the need to return to the Paris climate agreement but believes that this agreement alone is not enough.
Introducing Blinken, the President-elect expressed confidence that this experienced diplomat will strengthen the morale of the State Department and increase public confidence in the Foreign Ministry. Blinken has previously served as Deputy Secretary of State and other senior positions on Capitol Hill, the White House, and the State Department.
Thomas-Greenfield, who has 35 years of experience in the Foreign Service and has worked on four continents, said that diplomacy would be returned to its role with the arrival of the Biden administration.
Alejandro Mayorkas was Deputy Minister of the interior and was confirmed by the Senate for various positions three times during his career. He will be the first Hispanic and immigrant appointed to the position of Secretary of Homeland Security.
Avril Haines has served as Deputy Director of the CIA and Deputy National Security adviser in the past. She will be the first woman to lead the US intelligence community.
Jake Sullivan will be one of the youngest Advisors on n\National Security over the past decade.