Wilmington, United States:
President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday launched a slate of veteran diplomats and policy-makers who will make up his nationwide safety and international coverage group, saying: “America is back, ready to lead the world.”
Biden, 78, at an occasion in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, offered his picks for secretary of state, nationwide safety advisor, homeland safety secretary, intelligence chief, UN ambassador and local weather change envoy.
“It is a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure,” Biden mentioned because the six women and men stood behind him carrying face-masks on the stage of the Queen theater.
“It is a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it.”
Biden mentioned that after he’s inaugurated on January 20, 2021 and Donald Trump leaves the White House, the United States will “once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies.”
“These public servants will restore America’s global leadership and moral leadership,” the previous vp mentioned in a jab at President Trump’s go-it-alone “America First” insurance policies.
Biden’s remarks got here shortly after Trump suffered additional setbacks in his unprecedented effort to overturn the outcomes of an American presidential election with unsubstantiated claims of fraud.
Pennsylvania and Nevada licensed the November 3 election outcomes on Tuesday, a day after the state of Michigan did so, a transfer which triggered the General Services Administration (GSA) to launch the transition course of.
As extra members of his Republican Party got here out demanding an finish to the deadlock, Trump signed off on the GSA transfer, successfully admitting defeat however nonetheless refusing to concede.
“The GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be,” the president tweeted on Tuesday together with an image of himself within the Oval Office with the caption: “I concede NOTHING!!!!!”
The 74-year-old Trump, who has made few public appearances since his defeat, later attended a standard Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning occasion on the White House, touting the Dow breaking 30,000 factors and thanking hospital employees battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
He appeared to not directly handle the election at one level, saying: “I say America First, shouldn’t go away from that, America First.”
“Diplomacy is back”
The GSA willpower that Biden is the obvious winner offers the president-elect entry to labeled briefings on nationwide safety threats and can enable his high aides to coordinate with federal well being officers on addressing the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Unveiling his cupboard choices, Biden mentioned he had acquired calls from world leaders saying they had been “looking forward to the United States reasserting its historic role as a global leader.”
“This team meets this moment,” he mentioned. “They embody my core belief that America is strongest when it works with its allies.”
The slate unveiled by Biden contains veterans of the Barack Obama administration and indicators a return to conventional US diplomacy and multilateralism.
Antony Blinken, Biden’s selection for secretary of state, mentioned the United States can’t clear up international issues by itself.
“We need to be working with other countries,” the previous State Department official mentioned. “We need their cooperation. We need their partnership.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s option to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, echoed these sentiments.
“America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back,” mentioned Thomas-Greenfield, a seasoned profession diplomat.
“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.”
Former secretary of state John Kerry, who Biden selected as his particular envoy on local weather change, confirmed the brand new administration would convey the US again into the Paris local weather accord which Trump pulled out of in 2015.
Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas was named to go the Department of Homeland Security, whose policing of powerful immigration restrictions underneath Trump was a frequent supply of controversy.
Avril Haines was nominated to be the director of nationwide intelligence, the primary girl to carry the put up, whereas Jake Sullivan was named nationwide safety advisor.
Former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is predicted to be named Treasury Secretary, the primary girl to carry the job.
“Delay the inevitable”
With Biden having received a cushty victory, Trump’s final card is to attempt to disrupt the usually routine means of state-by-state certification of the vote and problem election ends in the courts with claims of irregularities.
The authorized efforts have fallen flat, nevertheless, together with the makes an attempt to delay state certification.
“The Trump campaign’s legal efforts have no basis in fact, no basis in law,” mentioned Bob Bauer, a senior advisor to the Biden marketing campaign and a former White House counsel. “Their only purpose is to delay the inevitable.
“Joe Biden received this election and we’ll defend this election efficiently,” he said. “This will not be about legal professionals, or about partisans, or about Donald Trump’s ego or darkish fantasies.
“It’s about the right to vote and the choice voters made in this election: Joe Biden.”
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