Wilmington, United States:
President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced a slate of veteran diplomats and policy-makers who will make up his national safety and foreign policy group, saying: “America is back, ready to lead the world.”
Biden, 78, at an occasion in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, presented his picks for secretary of state, national safety advisor, homeland safety secretary, intelligence chief, UN ambassador and climate transform envoy.
“It is a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure,” Biden mentioned as the six males and girls stood behind him wearing 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 right after he is 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 former vice president mentioned in a jab at President Trump’s go-it-alone “America First” policies.
Biden’s remarks came shortly right after Trump suffered additional setbacks in his unprecedented work to overturn the final results of an American presidential election with unsubstantiated claims of fraud.
Pennsylvania and Nevada certified the November three election final results on Tuesday, a day right after the state of Michigan did so, a move which triggered the General Services Administration (GSA) to launch the transition course of action.
As a lot more members of his Republican Party came out demanding an finish to the impasse, Trump signed off on the GSA move, properly admitting defeat but nevertheless refusing to concede.
“The GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be,” the president tweeted on Tuesday along with a image of himself in the Oval Office with the caption: “I concede NOTHING!!!!!”
The 74-year-old Trump, who has produced handful of public appearances considering the fact that his defeat, later attended a standard Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning occasion at the White House, touting the Dow breaking 30,000 points and thanking hospital workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
He appeared to indirectly address the election at one particular point, saying: “I say America First, shouldn’t go away from that, America First.”
“Diplomacy is back”
The GSA determination that Biden is the apparent winner provides the president-elect access to classified briefings on national safety threats and will enable his top rated aides to coordinate with federal wellness officials on addressing the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Unveiling his cabinet selections, Biden mentioned he had received calls from globe 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 signals a return to standard US diplomacy and multilateralism.
Antony Blinken, Biden’s decision for secretary of state, mentioned the United States can not resolve worldwide challenges on its personal.
“We need to be working with other countries,” the former State Department official mentioned. “We need their cooperation. We need their partnership.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s decision 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 chose as his unique envoy on climate transform, confirmed the new administration would bring the US back into the Paris climate accord which Trump pulled out of in 2015.
Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas was named to head the Department of Homeland Security, whose policing of difficult immigration restrictions below Trump was a frequent supply of controversy.
Avril Haines was nominated to be the director of national intelligence, the initially lady to hold the post, whilst Jake Sullivan was named national safety advisor.
Former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is anticipated to be named Treasury Secretary, the initially lady to hold the job.
“Delay the inevitable”
With Biden getting won a comfy victory, Trump’s final card is to attempt to disrupt the ordinarily routine course of action of state-by-state certification of the vote and challenge election final results in the courts with claims of irregularities.
The legal efforts have fallen flat, even so, along with the attempts 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 campaign and a former White House counsel. “Their only purpose is to delay the inevitable.
“Joe Biden won this election and we’ll defend this election effectively,” he said. “This is not about lawyers, or about partisans, or about Donald Trump’s ego or dark fantasies.
“It’s about the right to vote and the choice voters made in this election: Joe Biden.”