President-elect Joe Biden will appoint Antony Blinken, who served under former President Barack Obama, as Secretary of State. John Kerry will be the special representative for the climate. Biden will also appoint Alejandro Mayorkas to Homeland Security. This appears from a press release on Monday.
“We must not waste time when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” said Biden. “I need a team that is ready from day one to help me reclaim America’s place at the head of the table, unite the world for the great challenges we face, and our security, our prosperity and our values, ”the Democratic president-to-be wrote in a communiqué. “These people have so much experience and have been through so many crises, they are also innovators and people with ideas.”
Blinken is a veteran of diplomacy and was a top official in national security. He is regarded as an advocate of multinational cooperation and has been an advisor to Biden for almost twenty years.
The fact that Kerry, who has been Secretary of State under Obama, becomes a climate envoy, shows the importance the former Obama deputy attaches to the climate issue. Kerry will also serve on the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel has invited US President-elect Joe Biden to a special summit in Brussels next year. “Let’s rebuild a strong alliance between the European Union and the United States,” he said after a phone call with Biden.
“In a changing world, our partnership will be more important than ever to protect our citizens, relaunch our economies, stop global warming and make a safer world. The EU and the US will always have more impact when they work together, ”Michel said in a communication.
Michel invited Biden to travel to Brussels in 2021 for a summit with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states. “The EU is ready to work with the US to address the most pressing challenges: the corona pandemic, economic recovery, climate change, security and multilateralism,” it said.