Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced the team of foreign policy experts he plans to nominate to his administration, led by Antony Blinken as secretary of state, as the president-elect seeks to calm international relations after a tumultuous four years under President Donald Trump.
The appointees, all experienced in their fields, will work with Biden on his goal of restoring U.S.relations with international organizations that Trump spurned in his “America First” approach to foreign policy.Biden has promised to seek multilateral approaches to common problems like climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, and arms control.
“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back,” Biden said.
“Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it.Ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies.And ready to stand up for our values.” “This team meets this moment,” he said.
A former deputy secretary of state in Barack Obama’s administration, Blinken will be tasked with rebuilding an agency hollowed out by a loss of top diplomats under Trump while reassuring longtime allies of the U.S.commitment to the international relationships..