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The President-elect of the United States on Tuesday introduced the future senior officials of his administration in the field of diplomacy and national security. A team that signals the return of multilateralism and international cooperation, after four years of Donald Trump’s “America first”.
The day after Donald Trump’s green light for a political transition, President-elect Joe Biden proclaimed on Tuesday, November 24 that America was “back, ready to lead the world and not withdraw from it,” introducing the experienced team he has chosen to lead diplomacy and security in his future government.
All masked and at a precautionary distance, Covid-19 requires, on a large stage in his stronghold of Wilmington, the 78-year-old Democrat, accompanied by the vice-president elect Kamala Harris, presented the first six big names designated for the accompany upon arrival at the White House on January 20.
With the return of multilateralism as a key message, the opposite of “America first” still advocated Tuesday by Donald Trump. And his “determination” to fight against climate change.
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This first round of appointments includes several seasoned personalities who served under Barack Obama, such as Antony Blinken, future head of diplomacy. “We cannot solve the world’s problems alone,” said the former State Department number two. “Multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back”, added the future American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Signaling his commitment to fight against the “climate crisis”, an “existential threat”, the future 46th president of the United States created a role of special emissary for John Kerry, ex-chief of the American diplomacy.
“I do not underestimate for a single second the difficulties in meeting my bold commitments,” said the president-elect, who promised to return from the first day of his mandate in the Paris agreement and reach the United States to carbon neutrality in 2050. “But at the same time, no one should underestimate for a single second my determination to do it”, he added in a speech of less than 15 minutes, without accepting questions.
John Kerry, who himself signed, on behalf of the United States, the climate agreement negotiated in 2015, for his part called on the international community to “be even more ambitious”.
Saying that he wants to give a greater place to women and minorities, the former vice-president of Barack Obama has appointed several pioneers, with the first Hispanic at the head of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the first woman at the head of intelligence services, Avril Haines. On the stage with them, Jake Sullivan, appointed national security adviser, is a close associate of Joe Biden.
The Democrat also plans, according to a source in his entourage, to appoint the former president of the Central Bank to the Treasury Janet Yellen, a position hitherto always occupied by men.
By choosing these qualified personalities and accustomed to power, Joe Biden signals a return to a more traditional policy than his predecessor Donald Trump, who arrived in Washington on the promise to break with the establishment.
After Michigan on Monday, the Pennsylvania and Nevada in turn certified Tuesday the victory of Joe Biden, declared the winner of the presidential election on November 7.
Appearing more and more isolated in his attempt to deny defeat, Donald Trump did not have a word on Tuesday for the election in two public speeches. Without accepting questions, he welcomed the new record of the New York Stock Exchange and the progress towards a vaccine against Covid-19.
And during the often humorous speech given by American presidents before pardoning a turkey, a traditional meeting at the White House before the big Thanksgiving holiday, he recalled the slogan he had chanted with gravity during his inauguration, in January 2017: “And as I say, America first. We should not turn away: America first”