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Biden says his picks show US back on world stage


President-elect Joe Biden says his national security team will lead the way in reflecting the fact that “America is back” on the world stage.

During a speech Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said that his team would “embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies.”

In rolling out his national security picks, including top posts for State Department and Department of Homeland Security, Biden said the nominees show “experience and leadership, fresh thinking and perspective and an unrelenting belief in the promise of America.”

The State Department alone has seen a significant number of departures from its senior and rising mid-level ranks during the Trump administration. Many diplomats have opted to retire or leave the foreign service, given limited prospects for advancements under an administration they believed did not value their expertise.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Americans are to get their first look at President-elect Joe Biden's proposed national security team.

He's bringing his intended nominees forward Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Among those on the team: former Secretary of State John Kerry, who's to take the lead on climate change. Altogether, Biden's picks signal a shift from President Donald Trump's “America First” policy and a return to global engagement.

Some are veterans of the Obama administration.

The incoming president will nominate longtime adviser Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to be homeland security secretary, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.

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