Willington, Del. (Reuters) – US President-Elect Joe Biden and his allies have spent months leading up to their transition to the White House, assembling a team that would include several hundred staff members in a role as a Democrat move. Followed for decades.
According to Biden’s initial plans, these are the key advisors Biden would trust and consider in top positions in his new administration:
Biden has long maintained a tight inner circle, which he relies on during his White House years for strategic advice, including members of his family and his chiefs, including Barack Obama’s vice president, Ron Clann, Steve Riksheti, and As Bruce Reid.
Klan, a political thinker who drove the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, is widely seen as Biden’s initial head. The person in that job usually plays an important role in determining the president’s agenda, political priorities, and day-to-day activities.
Leading roles are also likely for Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who co-chaired Biden’s campaign.
Coronovirus epidemics are under control in Biden’s No. 1 policy priority. He has promised that he is America’s top infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Anthony will ask Fauci, who has clashed with President Donald Trump, to continue in his role. During Biden’s campaign, he frequently spoke on the epidemic of former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, who is also expected to play a role in the new administration.
Biden has said that his other major priority will be incentives and relief to get the economy back on track. He has a host of top economic positions to fill his administration, including Secretary of the Treasury, where Federal Reserve Governor Lyle Brainard and former Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Ruskin are seen as top contenders.
Biden’s selection for the post must be approved by the US Senate, which may still be in Republican hands based on the result of two Georgia runoff elections in January. This could threaten the prospect of progressive candidates for her and other roles, including US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, despite her background in financial regulation.
Biden is also expected to tap into the campaign trail, including Jared Bernstein and Ben Harris, for some of his longtime economic advisors and key economic advisor positions at the White House. Both have advocated aggressive incentives to propel the economy.
Biden’s team has also used KeyBank NA executive Don Graves to work on former derivatives market regulator Gary Gensler to review a macroeconomic agency and focus on market regulatory agencies.
Biden promised to resume relations with colleagues and allies abroad during his tenure. They are expected to become long-term personal partners to help in this task.
Antony Blinken, one of Biden’s closest advisers on the campaign, is being considered for National Security Advisor or Secretary of State. Blinken was an employee for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Biden, advised his 2008 presidential campaign and served as the Vice President’s National Security Advisor in the White House. He has advocated a powerful leadership role abroad for the US, to counter potential opponents such as China, as well as to emphasize opportunities for cooperation with other countries. Jake Sullivan, another top policy aide for the campaign, is also being considered for the post of international relations.
Sudan Rice, who was vetoed as Biden’s running mate, is considered a top pick with Republicans despite clashes with Republicans following the 2012 terrorist attack on Libya’s US Mission Benghazi. Therefore, one of Biden’s biggest supporters in the Senate is Chris Coons of Delaware.
Misele Flournoy, a former top US Department of Defense official who founded a consulting firm with Blinken, considered the top pick to run the Pentagon.
Biden’s team is considering the possibility of naming a “climate czar” to deliver on presidential-election promises during its campaign to tackle the issue.
Prospects for that role include longtime Biden friend and former senator John Kerry as well as Brian Desse, both of whom helped negotiate the Paris climate agreement that Biden would like to rejoin. Another possibility was Washington State Governor J. Of Inslee, who ran against Biden in the Democratic primary on the climate change platform before advising the former vice-president.
Another key climate-related role is that of the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, where candidates include clean air activist Heather Toney, former Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Ali Zaidi, and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols.
Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Valerie Volkovici, David Brunstrom, Koh Gui King, Matt Spatnik, and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama