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Team cho­sen by Bi­den rep­re­sents sharp pol­icy shift

- By Matthew Lee The Los Angeles Times con­trib­uted to this re­port. Matthew Lee is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer. U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Joe Biden · Washington · Joe · Barack Obama · U.S. government · Donald Trump · United States of America · John Kerry · U.S. State Department · White House National Security Council · Council · United Nations · Central Intelligence Agency · United States Senate · Homeland · Department of Homeland Security · Havana · University of California, Berkeley · Central · California · Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals · Linda · Haines, AK · Sullivan · Mission

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­den­t­elect Joe Bi­den on Mon­day tapped Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion vet­er­ans for top na­tional se­cu­rity po­si­tions, sig­nal­ing a stark shift from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “Amer­ica First” poli­cies that dis­par­aged in­ter­na­tional al­liances, ca­reer diplo­mats and other vet­eran gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The six picks, in­clud­ing for­mer Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, mark a re­turn to a more tra­di­tional ap­proach to Amer­ica’s re­la­tions with the rest of the world and re­flect Bi­den’s cam­paign prom­ises to have his Cab­i­net re­flect the diver­sity of Amer­ica.

In choos­ing for­eign pol­icy vet­er­ans, Bi­den ap­pears to be seek­ing to up­end Trump’s war on the so­called “deep state” that saw an ex­o­dus of se­nior and mi­dlevel ca­reer of­fi­cials from gov­ern­ment, notably from the ranks of the State Depart­ment and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, in­clud­ing some who were fired for voic­ing op­po­si­tion to the pres­i­dent’s moves.

Bi­den will nom­i­nate his long­time ad­viser Antony Blinken to be sec­re­tary of state, lawyer Ale­jan­dro May­orkas to be home­land se­cu­rity sec­re­tary and Linda ThomasGree­n­field to be am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions. Avril Haines, a for­mer deputy direc­tor of the CIA, will be nom­i­nated as direc­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence, the first woman to hold that post.

The in­com­ing pres­i­dent will also ap­point Jake Sul­li­van to be his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser and Kerry to be his cli­mate change en­voy. Those posts do not re­quire Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion.

The choices re­flect Bi­den’s em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing a di­verse team with ThomasGree­n­field, a Black woman, at the helm of the U. S. Mis­sion to the United Na­tions, and May­orkas, a Cuban-Amer­i­can lawyer who will be the first Latino to lead Home­land Se­cu­rity.

ThomasGree­n­field pre­vi­ously served in high­level State Depart­ment po­si­tions and May­orkas was a deputy Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary un­der Obama.

They “are ex­pe­ri­enced, cri­sis-tested lead­ers who are ready to hit the ground run­ning on day one,” the tran­si­tion said in a state­ment. “These of­fi­cials will start work­ing im­me­di­ately to re­build our in­sti­tu­tions, re­new and reimag­ine Amer­i­can lead­er­ship to keep Amer­i­cans safe at home and abroad, and ad­dress the defin­ing chal­lenges of our time — from in­fec­tious dis­ease, to ter­ror­ism, nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion, cy­ber threats, and cli­mate change.”

May­orkas, who was born in Ha­vana, at­tended UC Berke­ley and served as an as­sis­tant United States at­tor­ney in the Cen­tral District of Cal­i­for­nia, spe­cial­iz­ing in whitecol­lar crime, ac­cord­ing to the tran­si­tion state­ment. He be­came the youngest U. S. at­tor­ney in the coun­try. Un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, May­orkas was a pri­mary ar­chi­tect of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram

In mak­ing the an­nounce­ments, Bi­den moved for­ward with plans to fill out his ad­min­is­tra­tion even as Trump re­fuses to con­cede de­feat in the Nov. 3 elec­tion.

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