President-elect Joe Biden announced ‘America is back’ as he nominated his new cabinet to take over from President Trump’s administration.
Biden unveiled his top team in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday – including John Kerry as the first ever US secretary for climate change. Kerry’s official title is special presidential envoy for climate, with Biden saying his appointment was aimed at tackling ‘one of the most pressing threats of our time.’
If confirmed by the US Senate, his appointment will be a marked departure from the Trump administration. The current president and his team pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris Accord aimed at combating climate change after claiming it was a bad deal for America.
Biden, who will be inaugurated as president in January, said: ‘America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back.’ Others introduced by Biden on Tuesday include new director of national intelligence Avril Haines, and prospective secretary of state Anthony Blinken.
Blinken took an apparent swipe at President Trump’s alleged fondness for surrounding himself with ‘yes’ men and women, saying of his cabinet colleagues: ‘They will tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know.
‘They will make us proud to be American.’ Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris went on to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the UN, Alejandro Mayorka as incoming secretary of homeland security, and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.
Explaining their choices, Harris said: ‘They are, to a person, the right women and men for these crucial positions…to be focused on one thing, and one thing alone, doing what is best for the people of the United States of America.”
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