While announcing nominees for his national security and foreign policy team on Tuesday, Joe Biden declared that “America is back” and “ready to lead the world.” The former vice president’s comments are an apparent swipe at President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.
“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it, once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies, ready to stand up for our values,” Biden said.
Included in that team is Anthony Blinken, a former Obama administration official and long-time Biden aide who has a history of pushing for US intervention in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Libya.
Biden told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, that the appointment of Blinken would rebuild trust in the US State Department and stressed the need to rebuild alliances. Biden said that the world leaders he has spoken to are “looking forward to the United States reasserting its historic role as a global leader.”
Avril Haines was picked to be Biden’s director of national intelligence, who served as both the deputy director of the CIA and the deputy national security advisor under Obama. Haines has a history of running cover for CIA torture programs and served under former CIA chief John Brennan when the Obama administration dramatically increased drone strikes.
Other nominees announced on Tuesday include Jake Sullivan as national security advisor, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations, and Alejandro Mayorkas to head the department of homeland security, all former Obama administration officials. John Kerry was also picked for a new position that will deal with climate change.