According to three people aware of the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump admits his defeat. President-elect Mr. Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of state. The official announcement of the president-elect’s top national security advisers is expected on Tuesday.
According to the two people familiar with the matter, Jake Sullivan is expected to be named Mr. Joe Biden’s national security adviser who is formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides. Whereas, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who served as a career foreign service officer, and also served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Obama administration. She will be nominated to serve as President-elect Mr. Joe Biden’s ambassador to the states of United Nations.
Considering that Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan both stints as Biden’s national security adviser when he was vice president. Blinken, Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfield didn’t instantaneously respond to requests for comment.
On Sunday, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said that,
“The president-elects would be making his initial cabinet announcements on Tuesday, but declined to specify which positions would be filled first. The people familiar with Biden’s selections asked not to be identified because he hasn’t yet made the announcements.”
The position of the secretary of state is the nation’s top diplomat, and the most prestigious cabinet posts, conducting meetings with foreign leaders all over the world. Whereas the position of the president’s national security adviser is one of the most important and powerful jobs in the White House, leading a staff of dozens of experts drawn from the government’s military, diplomatic and intelligence agencies that develop United States foreign and military policy.
President-elect Mr. Joe Biden gathered Blinken, Sulliva, Thomas and others who worked for Obama when Biden was vice president. While briefing the intelligence experts, he furthermore discussed about the issue of Mr. Donald Trump’s administration has blocked him from getting the intelligence briefings traditionally granted the president-elect.
Mr. Joe Biden said at the briefing,
“We’ve been through a lot of damage done over the last four years, in my view. We need to rebuild our institutions and my workforce to reflect the full strength and diversity of our country. We need to focus on readiness for whatever may come.”