President-elect Joe Biden on Monday unveiled a slate of top foreign policy and national security picks, including the first woman to lead the USA intelligence community and first Latino to helm the Department of Homeland Security.
Kerry, who played a role in negotiating the 2015 Paris climate accord as secretary of state during President Barack Obama's second term, will be on hand to see the USA rejoin the agreement after Biden takes the oath of office in January.
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After Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Trump, Blinken became one of the founders of WestExec Advisors, a Washington consultancy advising corporations on geopolitical risks.
"Under the Biden-Harris administration, American national security and foreign policy will be led by experienced professionals ready to restore principled leadership on the world stage and dignified leadership at home", the team said in a Twitter message. "This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect's commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue", the statement said.
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Biden is set to announce his first cabinet picks on Tuesday and the names being floated signal the Democrat's overriding desire to lower the temperature in Washington and restore traditional USA leadership overseas.
Ron Klain, Biden's incoming chief of staff, offered no details Sunday about which department heads Biden would first announce.
Kerry, who helped negotiate the Paris Climate Accord under the Obama administration, will serve as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. "He's smart, kind and he's going to be an wonderful, incredibly effective leader for what must be one of the most mega-tasks in diplomacy, cleaning up the stables after the worst president and foreign secretary we have ever been".
US President-elect Joe Biden answers questions from the press at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020.
Blinken would inherit a deeply demoralized and depleted career workforce at the State Department.
Jake Sullivan, another top Biden advisers, is expected to be named as national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the announcement.
Thomas-Greenfield spent 35 years in the Foreign Service, retiring in 2017.
A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School and a longtime Democratic foreign policy presence, Blinken has aligned himself with numerous former senior national security officials who have called for a major reinvestment in American diplomacy and renewed emphasis on global engagement. In other words, the initial determination showing Joe Biden with enough electoral votes to win has not changed.