Joe Biden has confirmed that Anthony Blinken, the president’s chief adviser on foreign policy, will lead US diplomacy in the upcoming presidential cabinet. Biden has chosen Linda Thomas-Greenfield for the position of United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). A career diplomat, Thomas-Greenfield has been among the diplomats marginalized by Trump since 2017, the international press notes. Another key foreign policy position, that of national security adviser, will be held by Jake Sullivan.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the first Hispanic to head the Department of Homeland Security, will be tasked with rebuilding a government agency responsible for a series of controversial measures taken during the Trump administration, especially those in the field of immigration. Not only will the appointment of Mayorkas be a historic one if confirmed by the US Senate, but also that of Avril Haines, the first woman to lead the entire US intelligence apparatus.
John Kerry, the former US secretary of state and the Democratic nomination for the 2004 presidential election, will be the main culprit in the future Biden administration on climate change issues. Kerry is one of the strongest supporters of the Paris Agreement, signed during his time as head of US diplomacy.
The first names announced by Biden show his desire to build a diverse cabinet with recognized experts for the competence shown in formulating public policies in the fields of specialization, but also with an important experience in public positions.
“The people we have chosen have experience, the capacity to innovate and can handle crisis situations. Their achievements in diplomacy are unparalleled and reflect the perspective that we cannot manage the deep confrontations of this moment with outdated thinking and unchanged habits or without diversity, “Biden said in a statement.