Choices that risk further frustrating Donald Trump. US President-elect Joe Biden announced on Monday several appointments for his future team in charge of health, key positions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, choosing in particular the Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, as Minister of Health.
If confirmed by the Senate, Xavier Becerra, 62, will become the first Hispanic to head this ministry. Elected for more than two decades to the House of Representatives, Xavier Becerra had vigorously defended Barack Obama’s health insurance reform, as well as the DACA program adopted to protect hundreds of thousands of young migrants from deportation.
This lawyer also, during Donald Trump’s tenure, vigorously challenged the decisions of the Republican government.
Anthony Fauci stays in the White House
Joe Biden has also confirmed that he will appoint the well-respected Anthony Fauci, already a member of the team in charge of the health crisis at the White House under the Trump administration, as his senior advisor on the Covid-19 crisis.
A reassuring figure for Americans since the start of the pandemic, accustomed to television shows where he tirelessly repeats the usefulness of barrier gestures, Anthony Fauci will keep his post of director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases in parallel.
Joe Biden also announced that he would appoint a woman, Rochelle Walensky, to head the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus.
“This team of trusted and experienced leaders will bring the highest level of integrity, scientific rigor and experience in crisis management to tackle one of the greatest challenges America has faced: bringing the pandemic under control, ”Joe Biden said in a statement.
A more diverse administration
All these appointments will have to be confirmed by the Senate, whose future majority will be decided in January by a by-election.
Joe Biden had promised a cabinet reflecting the diversity of the American population. He has already appointed Alejandro Mayorkas Minister of Homeland Security, who will also be the first Hispanic to hold this post if confirmed.
Joe Biden also announced the composition of his future economic team, including former Fed President Janet Yellen as head of the Treasury, foreign policy posts, with Antony Blinken as future head of US diplomacy, and a all-female White House communications team.
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