“This is the right party for the moment in history, and I know that each of these leaders will hit the high point on the first day to address the complex issues families face today,” the US President-elect said in a statement.
U.S. President Joe Biden announced several administrative elections on Thursday, including former Obama administration officials such as former national security adviser Susan Rice as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and former chief of staff Denis McDonough as veteran secretary.
The appointments, made by the Biden Presidential reform team, highlight the diversity Biden promises to bring to his cabinet.
“This is the best team in history, and I know that each of these leaders will hit the high point on the first day to address the complex issues families face today,” Biden said in a statement.
Rice, who is black, had previously fought for the secretary of state. But he was expected to face stiff opposition from the Republicans in the process of reassuring the Senate about his role in the 2012 Benghazi crisis, and that a top cabinet post went on to shut down Biden adviser Antony Blinken.
Leading the Home Policy Council will ensure that Rice, 56, enters the White House presidential election and sees his influence on Biden’s agenda for “better reconstruction” amid growing coronavirus and the difficulty of racial justice.
But it can be seen as an unexpected appointment if you are given his experience in foreign policy. This position, which he wrote on Twitter that he is “humble and happy” to take up, does not require the confirmation of the Senate.
McDonough, 51, has played a number of roles in Barack Obama’s administration, including the White House chief of staff and deputy national security adviser.
Appointed to lead the Department of Veterinary Services, the leading government agencies have been tasked with managing the health care network serving the nine million registered veterans.
In a tweet, McDonough promised to “stand up for the voices of all veterans at all levels, in every problem, every day.”
Biden is scheduled to present his new options at an event in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday.
Biden visit Georgia
Biden has repeatedly stressed that his presidency will not be the same as Obama’s third name, yet Thursday’s announcement reveals his close ties to the apartheid Democratic Alliance.
He named 69-year-old Iowan Tom Vilsack, Obama’s agricultural secretary for two full terms, in the same role, seen as the core of the coronavirus response as the department helps feed millions of needy Americans.
The tug-of-war over the position of agriculture has reportedly improved in recent weeks, with Congresswoman running mate Marcia Fudge taking the lead.
Instead, Fudge, 68, was appointed secretary of housing and urban development, a position that could rise as the epidemic exacerbates the problem of evictions.
Biden also nominated international trade expert Katherine Tai to be the U.S. trade attorney.
Tai, currently the chief commercial attorney for the House Ways and Means Committee, will be the first Asian American and the first colored woman in the USTR role.
The transition team also confirmed that Biden would travel to Georgia on Tuesday to promote the two-party Democratic election in a tough election that would determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
The trip coincides with the start of voting early next Monday.
The runoffs include former journalist Jon Ossoff challenging Republican Senator David Perdue, and Raphael Warnock, a pastor at one of America’s most respected Black churches, rushing to seat Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.
Biden narrowly defeated Georgia in the presidential race. The unilateral state of the province has been challenged by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly accused allegations that the election was “rigged” and that massive fraud has helped Biden win in Georgia and elsewhere.
No evidence has emerged that supports such claims.