President-elect Joe Biden finalized Saturday the composition of his diplomatic team, which will include many Elders of the Obama era, with a marked desire to break with Donald Trumps unilateralism and “repair” US foreign policy.
At the end of November, the future head of state had already announced that he had chosen another former of the Obama administration, Antony Blinken, as the crucial post of Secretary of State.
The number two of US diplomacy will be Wendy Sherman (71), already a diplomatic advisor under Bill Clinton before becoming Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs during Barack Obamas second term.
Future assistant secretary of state, Ms. Sherman was among other things the American backbone of the Iranian nuclear agreement and had worked on the North Korean issue in the Clinton government.
Joe Biden has repeatedly reported his intention, once invested, to bring the US back to the Iranian nuclear deal, from which Donald Trump released in 2018 while restoring the US sanctions lifted in 2015.
But the future head of state is waiting, at the same time, for Tehran to return to a strict application of the terms of the agreement, with which Iran has recently assumed freedoms.
Another designation announced on Saturday was that of the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, a sort of operational officer of American diplomacy.
This is Brian McKeon, a close friend of Joe Biden, whom he advised for a long time when he was still a senator, before holding various government positions during Barack Obamas two terms.
“America is back”
Together with Antony Blinken, the mission of this team will be to “repair” US foreign policy, the transition team of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris said in a statement, “but also to reimagine it.”
As he did at the announcement of the name of Antony Blinken, the future president clearly wants to mark the break with Donald Trumps nationalist and unilateralist foreign policy, to return to a resolutely multilateralist line.
The new faces of US diplomacy “embody my deep belief that America is the strongest when it collaborates with its allies,” said Joe Biden, quoted in the statement.
The future president wants to “restore moral and global leadership” of the United States, supported by these allies. “America is back, ready to lead the world and not to withdraw from it,” said Team Biden.
Out of the Iranian nuclear agreement and the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump also distanced himself from the United Nations, the World Health Organization, as well as the European Union and its most influential members during his tenure.
The outgoing president also relied on foreign figures in the world of diplomacy, such as his two successive secretaries of state Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, a relay of his rougher style abroad.
Joe Biden reports to him a return to trade diplomacy. On Saturday, he also officially chose three under-secretaries of state, three women who all worked in the government of Barack Obama.
The appointment of each of these personalities will be put to a vote by the Senate.
“Americans can rest assured that these patriots will promote the interests of the country and reflect its noblest ideals on the international scene,” said Bill Clintons former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, in response to these announcements.
Taking the counterfoot of critics that already blame him for almost surround himself with elders of the Obama era, the future president stressed that the State Department would, at its head, be more open than ever to diversity.
“We cannot approach this period with unchanged habits or reasoning,” said the Biden team. “We need managers with diverse profiles, who are representative of America.”
By CCEiT (AFP)