Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: On Saturday, President-elect Joe Biden filled out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of Barack Obama administration, signaling his aim to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of unpredictability and uncertainty under President Donald Trump.

Biden, a Democrat, will nominate Victoria Nuland as undersecretary of state for political affairs and Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state. Both of them were among the officials chosen to serve under the incoming secretary of state, Antony Blinken.

Biden said in a statement that the team “embodies my core belief that America is strongest when it works with our allies”.

The incoming president said he was confident “they will use their diplomatic experience and skill to restore America’s global and moral leadership. America is back.”

Among the others are:

—Brian McKeon, longtime Biden Senate aide, to be deputy secretary of state for management.

—former senior diplomats Uzra Zeya and Bonnie Jenkins, to be undersecretary of state of democracy and human rights and under secretary of state for arms control, respectively.

—Derek Chollet, a familiar Democratic foreign policy hand, to be State Department counselor.

—former United Nations official Salman Ahmed, as director of policy planning.

—Suzy George, who was a senior aide to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will be Blinken’s chief of staff.

—Ned Price, a National Security Council staffer or Obama administration and career CIA official who resigned in protest in the early days of the Trump administration, will serve as the public face of the department, taking on the role of spokesman.

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