11/23/2020, 6:14 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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More Biden loyalists to fill security, foreign policy roles

United States President-elect Joe Biden is expected to appoint more longtime members of the administration he and former President Barack Obama had led to fill White House roles when he becomes president in January 2021, his presidential transition office announced on Monday.

Former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security from the Obama administration, Alejandro Mayorkas, will be named the secretary of Homeland Security under Biden, the transition office said, while confirming that Antony Blinken will be nominated as the secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as the national security adviser. Former US Secretary of State and Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry will reportedly become Biden's special envoy on climate.

Avril Haines, Obama's former deputy national security advisor and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) deputy director, is expected to assume the role of the director of national intelligence (DNI). Meanwhile, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the US Department of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also a longtime Obama administration official, is nominated to become the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

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