America is “back”, proclaims Joe Biden

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Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is keen to make a difference, against his predecessor. While presenting the first names designated to accompany him to the White House, on January 20, Joe Biden advocated, Tuesday, November 24, the return of multilateralism. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world and not to walk away,” he said accompanied by future vice president Kamala Harris.

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.

Fight against the climate crisis

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 to 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 any 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.

Green light for the transition

The Democrat also plans, according to a source in his entourage, to appoint to the Treasury the former president of the Central Bank Janet Yellen, a post so far still 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 two weeks of unprecedented denial in American history, the outgoing president finally gave the green light on Monday evening to initiate the process of transition to a Biden administration. Without conceding his defeat in the presidential election of November 3. Just before, the government agency responsible for the transition protocol, the GSA, sent a letter informing Joe Biden that it was finally opening the process, in an “independent” decision. Understand: not on command of the outgoing president, but after the certification of results in several key states and a setback in court for the Trump team.

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