Biden’s Cabinet Names

In contrast, and apart from the historic fact that Kamala Harris will become the first woman to hold the vice presidency of the United States, Biden’s cabinet will be the most diverse in the history of the country and the first with gender parity. “As promised, this is a cabinet that represents what the United States is like, and that takes advantage of the full range of potential that we have in our nation,” said the president-elect.

The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, explicitly recognized his defeat in the November elections for the first time on Thursday, and also condemned the assault on the Capitol, assuring that his followers who committed crimes “will pay for it.”

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Twelve of the 24 nominees by Biden to his cabinet are women (including two candidates to lead National Intelligence and the Treasury Department, something unprecedented), less than half of all appointees are white (four are Latino, one of them in charge of immigration), and there will be, if confirmed, African Americans in charge of positions as important as the Department of Defense or representation before the UN.

Peace of mind for the ‘establishment’
Diversity – present not only in management positions, but also in the composition of the departments themselves – is not, in any case, the only common denominator of the new cabinet: most of those appointed have long experience in positions Responsible publics (unlike many of those chosen by Trump: millionaires, ideologues or loyalists to the tycoon who were occupying government positions for the first time), and almost all previously worked in the Barack Obama Administration.

Jill Biden, the new first lady, with her husband this Saturday in Wilmington.
This is the first thing Joe and Jill Biden will do when they arrive at the White House
They are also widely recognized profiles in their respective fields, and also related, in principle, to the more moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

At the moment there will be no Sanders in the new US government (Biden revealed that he was about to include the senator from Vermont in his team, but did not want to risk the Democratic control of the Senate) nor any Ocasio-Cortez. No one whom the Republicans can accuse of being ‘socialists’, or who can arouse suspicion in the more conservative Democrats.

Because although the Senate now has a Democratic majority, and the risk of Biden’s candidates being rejected in the Upper House is less, the internal struggle in the Democratic Party between ‘moderates’ and ‘radicals’ not only continues to exist, but is likely to mark many key moments in the new legislature.

These are, one by one, the new most important men and women of the president:

Secretary of the Treasury: Janet Yellen
If, as expected, the Senate ratifies her as Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, former head of the Federal Reserve (Fed), will be the first woman to occupy this essential portfolio (equivalent to a Ministry of Finance, or Economy), a milestone that she already marked by being the first president of the US central bank, between 2014 and 2018.

The president of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.
Biden selects former Fed chair Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary
Yellen will be in charge of leading the Government’s work in the economic recovery from the crisis caused by the pandemic. At the Fed, she was noted for paying more attention than her predecessors to the mandate to promote a strong labor market, in addition to maintaining inflation, which cost her some criticism from Republicans who believed she was overreaching.

At 74, Yellen is a highly respected figure in Washington. She has a PhD in Economics from Yale University and has been a professor at prestigious centers such as Harvard, the London School of Economics, or Berkeley.

Secretary of State: Antony Blinken
Centrist and moderate like Biden himself, Antony Blinken (58 years old) will be in charge of international relations at the head of the State Department (equivalent to a Foreign Ministry), one of the most important positions in the Government.

Antony Blinken.
Antony Blinken, in love with France and stepson of a survivor of Nazism, at the forefront of US diplomacy
Antony Blinken, known as Tony, was already number two in the Department during the last two years of the presidency of Barack Obama. He speaks French fluently and is a staunch defender of multilateralism, so he will try to reinforce the worn out relations with allied countries, punished by the Trump Administration for the last four years.

The one who in all probability will be the new Secretary of State believes in the reception of refugees in the US, and in Europe as a main partner. With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it does not seem reasonable to expect a major change in US policy: Blinken argues that the two-state solution is “the only way to defend the future of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state.”

He will have in his hands, for example, the management of Biden’s plans to re-integrate the United States into the Paris Agreement against climate change.

Secretary of Energy: Jennifer Granholm
Governor of Michigan between 2003 and 2011, Jennifer Granholm is an advocate of the electric vehicle and the development of alternative energy technologies, so her appointment is interpreted as an endorsement of Biden to combat the climate crisis.

The Department of Energy is in charge of maintaining the nuclear weapons program, something Granholm has no experience with and which consumes about 75% of her budget, about $ 27 billion.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2019 in San Francisco, California Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2019 in San Francisco, California

Home Secretary: Deb Haaland
Legislator Deb Haaland will be, if confirmed by the Senate, the first Native American to head the Department of the Interior. Her election marks a turning point in the 171-year history of the department in charge of managing the country’s natural resources, including tribal lands, and which has had a complicated relationship with the 574 federally recognized tribes in the US.

Haaland promised that she will turn the department into an institution that mitigates the climate crisis, after years in which she has been the main promoter of fossil fuels.

Secretary of Education: Miguel Cardona
Latino Miguel Cardona is a former public school teacher and the current one in charge of supervising all educational centers in the state of Connecticut. With Cardona’s proposal, Biden fulfills his promise to elect a teacher as secretary of the Department of Education.

Born in Connecticut to Puerto Rican parents, Cardona has served as that state’s Secretary of Education since 2019, a position from which he has had to supervise the distance learning of thousands of students due to the pandemic. When the schools closed their doors, Cardona rushed to deliver 100,000 laptops to students in his state to make sure they could follow the classes.

CIA Director: William Burns
Willliam J. Burns is a veteran diplomat who accumulates three decades of experience in the foreign service (since 1982) and who, among other positions, has been Ambassador to Russia (2005-08) and Deputy Secretary of State (2011-14) .

Biden has assured that Burns shares with him the conviction that the intelligence services must be “apolitical” and that their servants must be viewed with “gratitude and respect”, while pointing out that the Americans “will sleep more peacefully” with him. at the head of the CIA.

He will be the first head of the intelligence, espionage and counterintelligence service to come from the State Department, so his profile is more suited to that of a diplomat than that of the more typical “hawk” traditionally appointed as head of the CIA.

Burns adds to his long resume his experience in the Middle East peace process and the Iran nuclear deal during the Obama Administration.

Administrator of the Agency for International Development: Samantha Power
Samantha Power worked for the Obama Administration as the US Ambassador to the United Nations and previously served on the staff of the National Security Council as Special Advisor to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.

Irish-born and with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, Power began her career as a Bosnian war correspondent and, prior to her government service, was the founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the School of Government. John F. Kennedy of Harvard University.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Rochelle Walensky
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an infectious disease expert at Harvard Medical School, currently practicing at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is elected as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .

 

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