WILMINGTON, Del .: President-elect Joe Biden’s first Cabinet picks arrive Tuesday, and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite Trump administration roadblocks.
Ron Klain, Bidens’ new chief of staff, gave no details on Sunday which department heads Biden would announce first. The Associated Press reported that Biden could nominate his candidate for secretary of state or secretary of the treasury next week.
Biden is committed to building the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak of their desire for his administration to reflect America. Some Washington observers are waiting to see if he will make history by appointing the first woman to head the Pentagon, the Treasury Department, or the Veterans Affairs Department, or the first African American to the Defense Department, to the VA or Treasury Department.
Biden said last week that he picked his pick for Treasury Secretary.
Klain said the Trump administration’s refusal to clear the way for Biden’s team to access key information on agencies and federal dollars for the transition weighs heavily on planning, including the selection process. of the Cabinet. Trump’s general service administration has yet to acknowledge that Biden won the election, a determination that would remove those obstacles.
Were unable to obtain background checks of cabinet candidates. And so there are definite impacts. These impacts are escalating every day, Klain told ABC this week.
Even some Republicans have broken with Trump in recent days and called on him to accept the election results.
Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Said there was a very good chance that Biden would be president and that Biden and his team should have access to relevant information for the transition. After a federal judge ruled against the Trump campaign in an election challenge in Pennsylvania on Saturday, GOP Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said the president had exhausted all plausible legal options and Toomey congratulated Biden on his victory .
And on Sunday, former Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a longtime Trump supporter, told ABC it was time for the president to stop contesting the outcome. Christie said his Trump legal team was a national embarrassment.
In the run-up to the Jan.20 inauguration, Klain said it definitely needed to be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that Biden’s team consult with Democratic House and Senate leaders on their plans.
They will try to have an inauguration that honors the importance and symbolic meaning of the moment, but also does not lead to the spread of disease. That’s our goal, Klain said.
Inaugurations typically include a traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, remarks from the President and Vice President of the Capitol, a lunch with lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda, and numerous balls across Washington. These are all events attended by hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousands of people who travel to the nation’s capital.
It is not known how public health concerns will affect these traditions.
During the campaign, Biden contrasted with Trump on the coronavirus by reducing its own events in response to the pandemic. Biden held smaller gatherings where people were asked to wear masks and adhere to social distancing recommendations from public health experts. Since winning the presidency, Biden has emphasized the importance of wearing a mask.
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