Joe Biden’s transition team announced a slew of new appointments to his national security team and key cabinet post including, the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security and the first woman to lead the United States Intel agencies . The Biden administration will also have a Special Presidential Envoy for climate who will also sit on the National Security Council, the first time in the country’s history.
The president-elect’s team made the following announcements in a new press release:
- Antony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state, will be nominated to serve as secretary of state, as previously reported.
- Alejandro Mayorkas, a former deputy secretary of the the department of homeland security, will be nominated to serve as DHS secretary. If confirmed, Mayorkas will be the first Latino and immigrant to serve as DHS secretary.
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a former US ambassador, will be nominated as ambassador to the UN.
- John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will serve as a special presidential envoy for climate and will sit on the national security council.
- Avril Haines, a former deputy CIA director, will be nominated to serve as the director of national intelligence. If confirmed, she will be the first woman to lead the US intelligence community.
- Jake Sullivan, a longtime Biden adviser, will serve as national security adviser.
Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the election but President-elect Biden is moving ahead with the transition and fulfilling his promise that his cabinet will look like the country.