Joe Biden, the “elected president” of the United States is two months away from his arrival at the White House. Eight weeks to build the team that will surround him at 1600 Pensylvannia Avenue in Washington. If the cast that is revealed day after day is more feminine and mixed than in the Trump administration, Joe Biden has above all, and unsurprisingly, entrusted key positions to his followers.
The positions allocated …
After naming Ron Klain to the strategic position of “Chief of staff”, the equivalent of the secretary general of the Elysee – a choice unanimously welcomed and in particular by the very influential Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as “good news and an encouraging choice” – Biden a selected Jen O’Malley Dillon, 44 years old, to assist Klain as an assistant. The former campaign manager is finally joining the White House after long making it clear that she has no plans to work in the administration if Biden wins the election. A former deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, she led the campaign of former MP Beto O’Rourke in the 2020 Democratic primaries, before taking the reins of Biden’s campaign at the approach of the general election.
Among the “main advisers” of the future president, we note the arrival of Cedric richmond, also director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Richmond, national co-chair of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, will focus on raising awareness among Democratic organizations, public interest groups and advocacy groups. He is a figure of the Democratic Party and of the “black caucus” in Congress. He should also liaise with business and climate change activists according to observers. Less surprising, the very close to Joe Biden, Mike donilon, will also join the White House as senior advisor to the president. He was the originator of much of the campaign messages and had been Biden’s advisor when he was vice president.
Another figure in the making of the team, Julie Chavez Rodríguez who will occupy the very political post of director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs of the White House. Julie Rodríguez, 41, joined Biden’s campaign as a senior adviser after holding a high-profile post during Kamala Harris’s campaign for the Democratic primary. She was one of Harris’ first recruits after she won her seat in the California Senate in 2016. Granddaughter of civil rights leader César Chávez, Rodríguez is close to Barack Obama. She previously served as deputy director of political engagement at the White House.
Dana remus she becomes advisor to the president. She worked as a legal advisor for the Biden campaign. Separately, Remus’ experience as the clerk of the Tory Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito could prove invaluable to the Biden administration as it braces for repeated clashes with the Tory Supreme Court majority in coming years. Another confidant of Biden, Steve ricchetti, who was in the running for the post of chief of staff, also becomes an adviser. His past career as a lobbyist for health insurance, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s and early 2000s, however, raises concerns among the more liberal of the Democratic camp.
Julie Annie Tomasini, She has been part of the Biden team since 2008 and will be Director of Oval Office Operations. Finally, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon is she named as “chief of staff” of the wife of “Sleepy Joe”, whom he often defines as his main advisor, “Dr. Jill Biden”.
… and the names that circulate
One of the positions that arouses the most interest in the public is that of “press secretary”, in other words spokesperson for the White House. Several names are considered: Karine Jean-Pierre, francophone born in Martinique, senior campaign advisor to Joe Biden who later served as Kamala Harris’s chief of staff, and Symone sanders, the campaign’s senior advisor, compete to be the face of the White House in front of the press. Kate bedingfield, deputy director of the Biden-Harris campaign and director of communications, is she envisioned to become the all-powerful communications director of “The West Wing”.
As for the “cabinet”, the future government, things will logically be formalized later. But the name of Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the UN during the Obama mandates, very often returns for the post of secretary of state (editor’s note, Foreign Affairs). She was among the first to congratulate Joe Biden, during the officialization of his victory by the American media. On CNN, however, she refused to discuss her future.
Lael Brainard, who sits at the Federal Reserve, is regularly cited to obtain the post of Secretary of the Treasury (editor’s note, Minister of Finance). In addition, the observers send to the Ministry of Defense (Pentagon) Michele Flournoy, former Under-Secretary for Defense Policy during Obama’s first term. The 59-year-old Harvard graduate would be the first woman to hold this post in the United States.
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