Joe Biden promises 'diplomacy first' after Trump era

Joe Biden says US is 'back and ready to lead' as cabinet picks are introduced

The successor nominated by Mr. Biden, Avril D. Haines, is a thoroughgoing professional who served as the CIA's deputy director and as deputy national security adviser under President Barack Obama. We have Jake Sullivan, also a former national security advisor to Mr Biden, as his national security advisor to now the president.

Former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to be named Treasury Secretary, the first woman to hold the job.

He said the officials he named "will not only fix, they will reimagine American foreign policy and national security for the next generation".

Still conspicuously absent are the Defence Secretary and the Central Intelligence Agency director, but that, after all, may speak to Mr Biden's profounder aims with his national security team.

The slate unveiled by Biden includes veterans of the Barack Obama administration and signals a return to traditional U.S. diplomacy and multilateralism. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to lead the department.

Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas was named to head the Department of Homeland Security, whose policing of tough immigration restrictions under Trump was a frequent source of controversy.

He will also sit on the National Security Council, marking the first time the council will include an official dedicated to climate change.

As for Kerry, he reflected on his long relationship with Biden as well as their shared belief that combating climate change transcended politics.

More Chinese apps banned by Modi government
The biggest names on the list were PUBG Mobile , PUBG Mobile Lite and TikTok. The Indian government recently blocked a slew of new apps under the IT act.

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.

Apart from Mr Blinken and Mr Kerry, Mr Biden also introduced his nominee Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Jake Sullivan as the national security adviser.

Joe Biden smiles as John Kerry, left, speaks at a campaign stop in North Liberty, Iowa in February, 2020.

Biden said he would not be using the Justice Department to go after Trump for purported crimes, and instead said he is entirely focused on tackling the COVID-19 crisis instead. The world has changed, not least because of Trump.

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

Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency. Linda Thomas-Greenfield is an African-American diplomat veteran of the foreign service.

A gay staffer has been appointed to a powerful role by president-elect Joe Biden.

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