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    National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Erdoğan: Turkey wants to strengthen ties with US after relationship was 'seriously tested' Biden speaks to Netanyahu for first time since taking office MORE on Sunday said the Biden administration has begun discussions with Iran regarding the American hostages the Islamic Republic currently holds. CBS's "Face the Nation," host Margaret Brennan asked Sullivan if hostage negotiations had begun, noting that at least five American hostages are being held in Iran. “We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage, the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan said. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes,” Sullivan continued. “And we will continue to do so as we go forward. And our strong message to...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has begun to communicate with Iran over American hostages in the region, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday, calling the issue a "significant priority" for the White House. "We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran," Sullivan told CBS News. "We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward," he said. "It will be a significant priority of this administration to get those Americans safely back home." According to the Foley Foundation, there are at least 43 publicly known hostage or detainee cases in 11 countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Venezuela, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.Earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with the loved...
    President Joe Biden’s White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that the Biden administration will make “dealing with China’s trade abuses” a priority, Fox News reported Thursday. Sullivan made his remarks before Biden delivered remarks at the State Department on national security and foreign policy in the new administration. “Our priority is not to get access for Goldman Sachs in China,” Sullivan told reporters, according to Fox News. “Our priority is dealing with China’s trade abuses harming American workers in the United States.” “This is going to be the first in a series of visits he makes to the national security workforce,” @jakejsullivan says of the visit today by @POTUS to the @StateDept. pic.twitter.com/sdvtrnPVm1 — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 4, 2021 Sullivan noted the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) efforts to undermine intellectual property of U.S. companies during the remarks. Biden’s international trade policy, Sullivan added, is “about...
    White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said a "priority" of the Biden administration is "dealing with China’s trade abuses" that harm American workers, adding that President Biden’s national security strategy will lead with "diplomacy." Sullivan briefed reporters on Thursday before the president was set to visit the State Department to deliver remarks on foreign policy and national security. ODNI WARNS CHINA'S COLLECTION OF US HEALTH CARE DATA, DNA POSE 'SERIOUS RISKS' TO ECONOMIC, NATIONAL SECURITY Sullivan told reporters that the president is "establishing a position of strength" which involves investments in the United States, and added that the president’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief effort, The American Recovery Plan, also involves national security. Sullivan said the Biden administration’s national security strategy will allow the United States to "compete more effectively" with competitors across the globe, and specifically referenced China. He added that the Biden administration’s national security and foreign policy will be...
    The Biden administration suspects the Taliban is not honoring the terms of a landmark agreement with the United States, a pact that calls for the withdrawal of all remaining U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “That agreement also imposes a set of considerable conditions on the Taliban,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday during an event hosted by the United States Institute of Peace. "So what we're doing right now is taking a hard look at the extent to which the Taliban are in fact complying ... and in that context, we will make decisions about our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward.” Sullivan’s apparent skepticism may come as a relief to Afghan officials who fear the diminution of NATO combat capabilities in the country under the terms of the Trump administration's deal with the Taliban, which sets a May 1 deadline for the complete withdrawal...
    U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios. Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister’s office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments. Support safe, smart, sane journalism. Sign up for Axios Newsletters here. Driving the news: Israeli officials said the call was meant mainly as an introduction and to kick off the dialogue. They added that one of the issues discussed was Iran. In recent days, Sullivan made calls to his counterparts in the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and South Korea. The White House did not comment on the call with the Israeli national security adviser. The big picture: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned about President Biden’s stated goal of trying to...
    Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has been tapped to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Biden administration, but former acting DNI Ric Grenell believes she could be in control of a lot more. "I think you need to watch Susan Rice very closely," he said on "Sunday Morning Futures." "She will be the shadow president." Grenell called Biden’s pick "interesting" considering Rice has no experience in domestic policy but nonetheless will be "incredibly influential" under the new administration. SUSAN RICE TAPPED TO LEAD BIDEN'S DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL Having served in the Obama administration as national security adviser, Rice already understands the "entire apparatus," Grenell said. Then-national security adviser Susan Rice on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is naming Susan Rice as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) "I think the reality is,...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE’s deputy national security adviser resigned on Wednesday, joining a group of administration officials stepping down after pro-Trump protesters rioted in the Capitol building on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Bloomberg News was the first to report Matt Pottinger’s resignation.  He resigned over the president’s reaction to the mob spreading in the Capitol building, according to CNN. National security adviser Robert O’Brien also reportedly considered stepping down, but was convinced to remain in his role.  Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTop Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham resigns Trump condemned for mob actions at Capitol GOP lawmakers plead for calm, urge Trump to help restore order amid Capitol violence MORE, now an envoy to Northern Ireland, also announced his resignation early...
    Incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan, a former staffer in the Obama administration, admitted that the previous president’s foreign policy did not "elevate and center middle-class concerns."  He recently told NPR that the Obama administration did not do enough to tie foreign policy to domestic concerns, particularly concerning economic initiatives.  US IMPOSES ADDITIONAL VISA RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE OFFICIALS  "I believe that the fact that we did not elevate and center middle-class concerns in our foreign policy and national security meant that we were not delivering for the American people as well as we should have, that we can learn from that, and then we can do better as we go forward," he said.  "What Joe Biden is proposing, and what I am reinforcing as the national security adviser, is that every element of what we do in our foreign policy and national security ultimately has to be measured by the impact it...
    Jake SullivanJake SullivanSaudi sentencing of women's activist sets up Riyadh for a clash with Biden The sound of history: Let's put on our work boots and engage the world Progressives push for key national security positions under Biden MORE, incoming national security adviser for the Biden administration, said on Tuesday that the Pentagon has not met with Biden’s transition team since Dec. 18. In an interview with NPR’s Scott Detrow, Sullivan echoed statements made by President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMichigan mayor draws criticism with Facebook posts suggesting rebellion: report Trump names Roisman acting SEC chairman Biden Interior nominee discusses environmental injustice with tribal leaders MORE on Monday calling out the obstacles his transition team has faced. On Dec. 18, members of Biden’s transition team expressed concerns regarding an “abrupt halt” in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller claimed the two camps had agreed to take a...
    Dozens of progressive organizations will deliver a book to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLos Angeles mayor announces he won't be joining Biden administration Jill Biden: Doctorate is one of the things I'm 'most proud of' READ: Deb Haaland's official statement on historic nomination to Interior secretary MORE’s transition team on Friday with staffing recommendations for 100 positions in his administration within the national security space. The book contains 100 profiles of left-leaning foreign policy experts and potential positions they could fill. The effort was led by Yasmine Taeb, a Democratic National Committee member and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and Alex McCoy, the political director at Common Defense. Of the 100 people included in the Progressive Foreign Policy Talent Pipeline, about two-thirds are women or people of color, and the overriding qualifier was that none of the candidates have corporate ties or backgrounds. The candidates generally advocate...
    Reuters December 16, 2020 0 Comments Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States’ diversity. Biden continued filling out his Cabinet Tuesday, selecting his onetime Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to run the Energy Department. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank’s focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as...
    More On: editorial Most NYC perps arrested on gun charges soon walk free — even when they re-offend The left’s silly assault on Joe Biden’s Defense pick Gen. Lloyd Austin Gov. Cuomo’s anti-science, job-killing, utterly senseless NYC indoor dining shutdown Sen. Mike Lee is wrong to think Latino, women’s museums will ‘divide us’ Joe Biden’s not in the White House yet, but Beijing is already targeting his circle — even those close to them. Let’s hope that pushes the next president to rethink his out-of-date approach to the Communist colossus. China plays a long game, as the tale of accused spy Fang Fang shows. The young woman targeted up-and-coming politicians, and she had an eye for talent: Now-House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) became one of her marks when he was a lowly city councilman. So Beijing’s drive to influence Biden’s team is “on steroids,” says top US...
    President-elect Joe Biden's national security adviser nominee Jake Sullivan said the incoming administration will come down on China after how it handled the coronavirus outbreak. Sullivan said he wants the "major focus" of the National Security Council's work to revolve around recovering and getting out of the pandemic as well as restructuring the council to make public health a permanent priority for national security. "The way you actually make sure this doesn't happen again is by sending a very clear message to China that the United States and the rest of the world will not accept a circumstance in which we do not have an effective public health surveillance system, with an international dimension, in China and across the world going forward," Sullivan told Politico. The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 60 million people worldwide. Sullivan, 43, added that the administration will focus on restoring the country's...
    Reuters November 26, 2020 0 Comments Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is considering naming Tom Donilon, a veteran diplomat and national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, as director of the CIA, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The CIA position could be one of the most challenging in Biden’s administration after four years of Republican President Donald Trump accusing the agency of being part of a “Deep State” conspiracy seeking to undermine his presidency. Donilon’s consideration was first reported by Politico. Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, is also said to be considering Michael Morell, who was the CIA’s deputy director and acting director of the agency twice under Obama. Biden, an integral part of Obama’s national security team during his eight years as vice president, would have worked closely with both men. He has already picked other Obama administration veterans for major national...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden discussed the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday and the “shared sacrifices” Americans are making ahead of Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving holiday. Millions of Americans typically gather with family and friends, many traveling long distances to do so. But this year, with COVID-19 infections spiking across the country, the federal government has urged people to stay home for Thanksgiving, and many are. Even so, millions of people are ignoring the advice and crowding airports to head to destinations across the country. Biden’s transition office said he would tell Americans “that we can and will get through the current crisis together.” "Let’s begin that work to heal and unite America as well as the world." — President-elect Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/rwDZXBu3ct— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 25, 2020 Ahead of the speech, his transition team said it was receiving “extraordinary receptions” from officials in the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump to...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to discuss the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday and the “shared sacrifices” Americans are making ahead of Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving holiday. Millions of Americans typically gather with family and friends, many traveling long distances to do so. But this year, with COVID-19 infections spiking across the country, the federal government has urged people to stay home for Thanksgiving, and many are. Even so, millions of people are ignoring the advice and crowding airports to head to destinations across the country. Biden’s transition office said he would tell Americans “that we can and will get through the current crisis together.” "Let’s begin that work to heal and unite America as well as the world." — President-elect Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/rwDZXBu3ct— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 25, 2020 Ahead of the speech, his transition team said it was receiving “extraordinary receptions” from officials in the outgoing administration of President...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback. President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy. With an eye in part toward making selections who may have to seek approval from a Republican-controlled Senate, Biden has prioritized choosing qualified professionals while eschewing flashy names. Even the most recognizable pick — John Kerry — lacks the showmanship that has defined the Trump era. In sharp contrast to President Donald Trump, who openly distrusted the very government he led, Biden has showcased a faith in bureaucracy that was born out of his nearly five decades in Washington. He’s made hires with the deliberate aim of projecting a sense of dutiful and, even boring, competency. Surrounding...
    NEW YORK – Competence is making a comeback. President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy. With an eye in part toward making selections who may have to seek approval from a Republican-controlled Senate, Biden has prioritized choosing qualified professionals while eschewing flashy names. Even the most recognizable pick — John Kerry — lacks the showmanship that has defined the Trump era. In sharp contrast to President Donald Trump, who openly distrusted the very government he led, Biden has showcased a faith in bureaucracy that was born of his nearly five decades in Washington. He's made hires with the deliberate aim of projecting a sense of dutiful and, even boring, competency. Surrounding himself...
    The man tapped to become President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser knocked aspects of President Trump’s foreign policy in 2017 when he was interviewed by a state-run media outlet in China. Jake Sullivan, who served as Biden’s national security adviser during his time as vice president, worked in the State Department and as a senior policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. He criticized Trump’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, warned that the administration might exercise military force against North Korea and weighed in on U.S.-China trade relations. “I think that China and the rest of the region should be prepared for the possibility, not the certainty and maybe not even the likelihood, but the distinct possibility that the United States would use military action on North Korea,” he said at one point. President-elect Joe Biden's national security adviser nominee Jake Sullivan speaks at The Queen theater, Nov. 24, in...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Jacob Sullivan to be America's next national security adviser. Only it remains to be seen if the former top Hillary Clinton adviser, who championed the ill-fated unraveling of Libya almost a decade ago, will take heed of those lessons learned. Sullivan, 43, comes with a storied pedigree of foreign policy experience, having served as a senior policy adviser to Clinton's 2016 presidential election campaign, deputy chief of staff at the Department of State under the Obama administration, and then-Vice President Biden's national security adviser, along with multiple degrees, fellowships and professor posts at Ivy League schools. Under Obama's guise, Sullivan was part of the exclusive team working to restore ties to Cuba and nut out the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. But perhaps Sullivan's greatest influence in the scope of framing world events came earlier when he joined Clinton as her deputy chief of staff and director of policy...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday introduced their first slate of Cabinet-level picks, and the six foreign policy and national security nominees and appointees joined them onstage at an event in Wilmington, Delaware."It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure. And it's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Once again, sit at the head of the table," Biden said, standing in front of his nominees and appointees, who were spaced out in a socially distanced manner on stage. "The team meets this moment, this team behind me. They embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies," Biden said. "Collectively, this team has secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory, made possible through decades...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser choice Jake Sullivan previously served as an adviser for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and years after that election defended the dossier the campaign paid for on President Trump. In a January 2018 interview on David Axelrod’s podcast resurfaced by the Daily Caller, Sullivan denied knowledge of the dossier’s origin when it was first created, but made clear that he was not shying away from it. BIDEN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER PICK TIED TRUMP CAMPAIGN TO RUSSIA IN 2016 BRIEFINGS WITH REPORTERS “I certainly don’t want my saying that I didn’t know who paid for the dossier to suggest I’m saying I want to distance myself from it,” Sullivan said. “By no means am I saying that.” Sullivan claimed that he first saw the dossier when it was published in January 2017. This is consistent with what he said during a December 2017 interview with the House Intelligence Committee. During...
    MANDEL NGAN Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday. Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism. Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence;...
    Jake Sullivan, the Democratic aide tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to be the next White House national security advisor, previously downplayed Antifa, calling them “a loose collection of people on the internet.” Over the summer, Sullivan opposed President Trump's earlier pledge to classify the left-wing group as a terrorist organization, the Daily Caller reported in June. "First of all, the United States has the capacity to designate foreign organizations as terrorist organizations, not domestic organizations,” Sullivan said during a Foreign Policy conference call. “So we can start with the fact that this is not a kind of credible announcement that was made, it was a purely political announcement. Video“I’m not a deep expert on Antifa such as it is, but from what I do know, I think Antifa is probably better described as a loose collection of people on the Internet who share tactics and tools and, you know, people individually identify as part...
    Jake Sullivan, a longtime Democratic aide whom President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team tapped as the next national security adviser, was a central figure in the email scandal that rocked the final days of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Clinton and her staffers drew intense scrutiny during the 2016 election cycle amid evidence that the former secretary of state improperly reviewed classified information in emails stored on a private server. Sullivan served as deputy chief of staff to Clinton during her time as secretary of state and later served as a top policy adviser during her campaign. BIDEN UNVEILS TOP CABINET AND ADMINISTRATION PICKS Sullivan authored or forwarded several messages containing classified information that ended up in Clinton’s emails on the private server, Politico and the New York Times reported in February 2016. At the time, the State Department declined to comment on Sullivan’s role in the matter. VideoThe FBI’s initial report,...
    President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday several top positions on his national security team, including secretary of state, homeland security secretary, director of national intelligence, ambassador to the United Nations, national security adviser and a special presidential envoy for climate.  As CBS News has reported, Mr. Biden has selected Antony Blinken to be secretary of state. Blinken has known Mr. Biden for years and served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser and as deputy secretary of state. The president-elect first started working with Blinken over 15 years ago when he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken was the Democratic staff director. Blinken later went on to serve as Mr. Biden's national security adviser during the Obama administration. Avril Haines is Mr. Biden's pick to be director of national intelligence, the first woman to serve in the role. She served as the CIA's deputy director...
    JAKE Sullivan, who is just 43, is expected to be named Joe Biden's national security adviser. President-elect Biden will move into the White House on January 20 after capturing the November 3 election. 4Jake SullivanCredit: The Mega Agency Who is Jake Sullivan? Sullivan is a senior policy adviser for Biden and is expected to become the national security adviser to the 46th president of the US. He served in the Obama administration and has also taught at Yale Law School, Dartmouth College, and the University of New Hampshire. "During his time in government, Sullivan was a lead negotiator in the initial talks that paved the way for the Iran nuclear deal and played a key role in the US-brokered negotiations that led to a ceasefire in Gaza in 2012," reads his Biden-Harris transition bio. "He also played a key role in shaping the Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy at both the State...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Tony Blinken, a longtime diplomat and a member of Mr. Biden's inner circle, as his secretary of state, multiple people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News. Mr. Biden is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday. In addition, two people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News that Linda Thomas-Greenfield has been selected as U.N. ambassador. Blinken has served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mr. Biden first began working with Blinken more than 15 years ago when he led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken served as Democratic staff director. Their relationship was cemented at the White House when Mr. Biden was vice president and Blinken was...
    SUSAN Rice is a longtime diplomat and public official who may be called to serve in Joe Biden's administration. Biden is selecting his cabinet after defeating President Donald Trump in the November 3 election. 4Susan Rice answers reporters' questions during a press briefing at the White House February 28, 2011, in Washington, DCCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Susan Rice? Rice was President Barack Obama's US ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 before serving as national security adviser from 2013 until 2017. As national security adviser Rice was was "responsible for coordinating the formulation and implementation of all aspects" of Obama's foreign and national security policy, according to her online bio. She served as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001. Rice, who is 56, has worked in public service for several decades after graduating with honors from Stanford University in...
    SUSAN Rice is a longtime diplomat and public official who may be called to serve in Joe Biden's administration. Biden is selecting his cabinet after defeating President Donald Trump in the November 3 election. 4Susan Rice answers reporters' questions during a press briefing at the White House February 28, 2011, in Washington, DCCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Susan Rice? Rice was President Barack Obama's US ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 before serving as national security adviser from 2013 until 2017. As national security adviser Rice was was "responsible for coordinating the formulation and implementation of all aspects" of Obama's foreign and national security policy, according to her online bio. She served as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001. Rice, who is 56, has worked in public service for several decades after graduating with honors from Stanford University in...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden began naming members of his Cabinet on Monday, appointing experienced foreign policy and national security experts to key posts in line with his pledge to restore the United States' global ties and standing as a world leader. The new appointees also reflect Biden's promise to build an administration that reflects the nation's diversity. Biden is expected to fill more Cabinet positions and White House posts in coming days. Here are some recent important picks and topcontenders for prominent positions, according to Reutersreporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTHONY BLINKEN A longtime Biden confidant who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration, Blinken was named Biden's choice for secretary of state by the president-elect's campaign on Monday. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN Biden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to President...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced he intends to nominate former CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines to become the next director of national intelligence, the first woman elevated to the position. [ READ: Biden to Tap Tony Blinken for State ]The announcement also confirmed prior reports Biden plans to nominate former top aide and close confidante Antony Blinken as secretary of state, career foreign service officer Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the U.N. and Obama administration veteran Jake Sullivan as national security adviser. The moves come as Biden faces increased pressure both inside and outside his transition team to appoint candidates who will appease the more progressive elements of the Democratic Party while also ensuring they could receive confirmation from a Senate that may retain its Republican majority. Political Cartoons on Joe BidenView All 138 ImagesIn announcing the latest nominees, Biden's team acknowledged that the officials in their new positions will...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said he intends to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, and a number of other officials to key Cabinet positions, Fox News has learned. Biden also announced Monday that he will appoint former Secretary of State John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate, and will sit on the National Security Council — the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change. Biden also announced Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser, as his nominee to serve as director of National Intelligence, and as the first woman to lead the intelligence community; and Jake Sullivan as White House national security adviser. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be put forward as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the transition team announced. This is a developing story. Check back for...
    Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday. Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism. Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national-security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan as...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has announced his picks for six Cabinet-level positions as he transitions into the White House. The formal announcement came on Monday after the picks began to trickle out to the news media. 1President-elect Joe Biden announced six Cabinet-level nominations on Monday Credit: Reuters Biden confirmed that he's selected Antony Blinken as Secretary of State. Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. Biden has also decided who will serve as or run: Homeland Security, United Nations ambassador, special presidential envoy for climate change, direcor of national intelligence, and national security adviser. Most read in NewsFLEEING HELLEight-year-old escapes as mom murders three siblings then kills herselfSNOW FALLGirl, 6, remarkably survives a 40ft fall from a balcony after she lands in snowWarningDEATH PROBENine Aussie soldiers kill themselves in three weeks after ‘war crimes’ by SASDON A ROLLTrump says we will WIN...
    Joe Biden has reportedly picked Jake Sullivan to serve as his national security adviser.  Sullivan was a central figure in the Hillary Clinton email saga, having sent and received hundreds of emails housed on the server that contained classified information.  As an adviser to Clinton’s presidential campaign, Sullivan hyped a since-debunked story accusing the Trump Organization of having a covert line of communication with Alfa Bank.  Joe Biden’s likely choice for national security adviser sent more than 200 classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private email network, and touted a now-debunked allegation before the 2016 election which fueled the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump was in cahoots with Russian leaders. Biden will select Jake Sullivan to serve in the White House role, The New York Times and Bloomberg reported. Sullivan, 43, was one of Clinton’s top policy advisers when she served as secretary of state from 2009 through 2013....
    President-elect Joe Biden potential pick for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, acknowledged to the House Intelligence Committee that he had told reporters in 2016 that then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign could have ties to Russia. Sullivan, who was Biden's national security adviser during the Obama administration, told members of the committee in a December 2017 interview that prior to the 2016 election he briefed reporters on his suspicions. Sullivan had been an adviser for Hillary Clinton's campaign and he said he met with reporters and producers from Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS. BIDEN'S EXPECTED SECRETARY OF STATE PICK BLINKEN CRITICIZED OVER IRAQ WAR, CONSULTING WORK "[B]asically we sat with them and walked through what we understood to be the case from -- in terms of the DNC hack and leak, what we believed to be the case with respect to Russian involvement," Sullivan said, "and then what we thought the upshot of this...
    Washington — President-elect Biden will appoint Jake Sullivan to be White House national security adviser, according to two sources close to the transition. Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden's national security adviser during President Barack Obama's second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.  He was also one of the small group of U.S. officials who secretly met with Iranian officials in 2013 to initiate the diplomatic outreach that eventually led to the landmark nuclear deal. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The president-elect will be announcing nominations to his Cabinet Tuesday, Biden senior adviser Symone Sanders told "Face the Nation" Sunday.  "I can't tell you right now how many or who but I can tell you that...
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly expected to announce Antony Blinken as his nominee to lead the U.S. State Department in his new administration.  Blinken was previously a deputy secretary of state and a deputy national security adviser under former President Barack Obama. During that administration, he was a national security adviser for the vice president.  This 2017 photo from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 2017 Gala Awards Dinner captures a moment with then-Vice President Joe Biden and Anthony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of state. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for National Committee on American Foreign Policy ) Choosing Blinken is seen as a return to international cooperation after four years of President Donald Trump’s presidency, which was focused on an “America First” policy. Under Trump, the U.S. pulled out of several international treaties, including the Paris Agreement, a landmark climate accord.  Blinken would be focused on repairing...
    The Week Reporter Carl Bernstein names 21 GOP senators who ‘repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump’ Political reporters in Washington, D.C., have been saying a lot of Republicans in Congress privately despise President Trump, but few have publicly criticized him — and likewise, few have publicly acknowledged his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden. Carl Bernstein, one half of the journalistic duo that uncovered President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, named 21 names on Sunday night, saying that in private conversations, these Republicans senators “have repeatedly expressed extreme contempt for Trump” and his fitness to be president.> The 21 GOP Senators who have privately expressed their disdain for Trump are: Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby. (2/3)> > — Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein) November 23, 2020The 21 senators he named include names you would expect, but...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tony Blinken as his secretary of state on Tuesday, his first step in reversing President Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy. Blinken, 58, was then-President Barack Obama's deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017, the department's second in command, and Obama's deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015. But Blinken is a longtime aide of Biden's too. Blinken was the two-term vice president's national security adviser from 2009 to 2013. The pair first worked together when the diplomat was a Democratic staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden was the panel's chairman from 2001 to 2003, and again from January 2007 until he became vice president two years later. Blinken's selection, among Biden's first Cabinet picks, was first reported by Bloomberg and the New York Times. The decision signals a return to pre-President Trump foreign policy posture....
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is poised to announce his first Cabinet nominations on Tuesday, officials said, with secretary of state among the first positions he intends to reveal as he moves forward to form his new government.The leading contender for the top diplomatic post is Antony Blinken, multiple people familiar with the matter told CNN, a choice that would elevate a longtime foreign policy adviser into one of the most visible positions in the Cabinet.Blinken served in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state and principal deputy national security adviser. He also served as national security adviser to Biden when he was vice president.A transition official told CNN on Sunday night that Blinken is seen as the leading contender, but offered the typical caveats that the announcement isn't official until Biden reveals it Tuesday.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    DONALD Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said that the president lost as he vowed a "very professional transition" to Joe Biden. Speaking to the Global Security Forum on Monday, O'Brien several times mentioned the transition and referred to recent normalization deals that Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates struck with Israel as "a great legacy for the president to have as he leaves office." 3Robert O'Brien made the comments on MondayCredit: AP:Associated Press While caveating that Trump did have outstanding court challenges, O’Brien's comments signaled some of the firmest statements yet from a senior administration official acknowledging Biden’s win in the November 3 vote. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — obviously things look that way now — we'll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council. There's no question about it," O'Brien said. "They're going to have very professional folks...
    Trump National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said the National Security Council will work to make the likely transition to the Biden administration as smooth as possible. O'Brien's remarks were made last week during a global security forum sponsored by the Soufan Center and aired on Monday, according to NBC News. During the stream, he said President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris "obviously" look like the winners of the election. "Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we'll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council," he said, adding that the Biden team is "going to have very professional folks who are coming in to take these positions, many of whom have been here before and spent a lot of time in the White House in prior administrations. And the great thing in the...
    Donald Trump continues to insist that he won a second term. National security adviser Robert O'Brien, who was appointed by Donald Trump to his position in September 2019, said on Monday that the country appears headed toward a Joe Biden presidency. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look that way now, we'll have a very professional transition," O'Brien told the Global Security Forum. "They're going to have very professional folks who are coming in to take these positions, many of whom have been here before and spent a lot of time in the White House in prior administrations."
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Monday he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now." The Republican Trump has insisted the Nov. 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states. Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris. "If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies," O'Brien said. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhitmer responds to Atlas: I won't 'be bullied into not following reputable scientists' Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions MORE’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Monday said there will be a “professional transition” to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' US sees 1M new coronavirus cases in one week GOP shows limited appetite for pursuing Biden probes MORE’s administration despite Trump’s refusal to concede that he lost the election. Speaking to The Hill’s editor at large Steve Clemons at the Global Security Forum, O’Brien left open the possibility that Trump could still win a second term if the courts determine there was widespread fraud. But O’Brien said it appears clear, at the moment, that Biden and running mate Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDear fellow Black voters: Thank you Biden presents new challenge for Boris Johnson...
    Former President Obama is pushing for President-elect Biden to nominate his former national security adviser Susan Rice for secretary of state, sources close to Biden tell Fox News.  Rice, a longtime Washington insider, was vetted by the Biden team when she made the “shortlist” of Biden’s potential picks for vice president, before Sen. Kamala Harris was ultimately chosen. In 2008, Obama nominated Rice to serve as United Nations ambassador, before making her national security adviser in 2013.  Rice already has the necessary clearances to prep for the job, bypassing an ascertainment delay from the General Services Administration.  Some Democrats worry she might have a confirmation problem in a closely divided Senate after her involvement in the Benghazi attacks, but sources closer to Biden dismissed that thought.  OBAMA SAYS THERE IS NO 'LEGAL BASIS' FOR TRUMP'S ELECTION CHALLENGES  In the aftermath of the attacks on Benghazi, Libya, which killed four people, then-U.N. ambassador...
    President Donald Trump continues to refuse to cede the election. His national security adviser Robert O’Brien is enabling the mayhem, four senior officials told The Daily Beast. O’Brien—once viewed as a potential check on Trump’s erratic national security demands—endorsed the installation of a pair of Trumpists at the Pentagon’s highest levels, while a defense secretary O’Brien has long opposed was fired by tweet. One official claimed that O’Brien has been supportive of a peaceful transfer of power, joking in a Monday event about Trump’s loss and directing his staff to begin drafting transition materials. But three other officials told The Daily Beast that O’Brien has emerged as one of Trump’s biggest enablers at a decisive moment, supporting the president’s bid to retain power even though it is being waged through a nationwide disinformation campaign. According to multiple officials, O’Brien had for months complained about now-fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper...
    White House national security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Overnight Defense: More COVID-19 cases on USS Theodore Roosevelt | Trump adviser fires back at general over Afghanistan | US blasts Turkey's test of air defense system MORE on Wednesday criticized China over the ouster of opposition leaders in Hong Kong and raised the specter of additional sanctions. China earlier Wednesday passed a resolution saying any lawmaker supporting Hong Kong's independence or threatening national security should be disqualified, leading to the dismissal of four Hong Kong legislators. "Beijing's recent actions disqualifying pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong's Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has flagrantly violated its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint...
    Anadolu Agency/Getty Before all votes were counted in the states that will determine the next president, conversations within Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s foreign policy orbit had intensified around one person: Tony Blinken. According to multiple sources who spoke to The Daily Beast, Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state during former President Barack Obama’s second term, is being considered for two influential positions in a potential Biden administration: secretary of state and national security adviser. The talks have occurred more frequently in recent days and weeks as the campaign has neared a tentative close, sources familiar said. The discussions come as Biden campaign officials have insisted that their focus is simply to win the still-ongoing election against President Donald Trump. “He’s up for two jobs,” said a source with knowledge of the conversations, referring to secretary of state and national security adviser. “He’s going to be one or...
    Before all votes were counted in the states that will determine the next president, conversations within Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s foreign policy orbit had intensified around one person: Tony Blinken. According to multiple sources who spoke to The Daily Beast, Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state during former President Barack Obama’s second term, is being considered for two influential positions in a potential Biden administration: secretary of state and national security adviser. The talks have occurred more frequently in recent days and weeks as the campaign has neared a tentative close, sources familiar said. The discussions come as Biden campaign officials have insisted that their focus is simply to win the still-ongoing election against President Donald Trump. “He’s up for two jobs,” said a source with knowledge of the conversations, referring to secretary of state and national security adviser. “He’s going to be one or the other.” Blinken...
    In early December 2019, national security adviser Robert O'Brien conveyed to President Trump concerns that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was being targeted by a Russian disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Joe Biden, current and former administration advisers familiar with the situation told CBS News. Giuliani and others with influence with the administration were also notified that they could be targets of foreign disinformation during the presidential campaign, according to another source. Giuliani denied this was the case, telling CBS News, "I was never warned by anyone inside or outside the [U.S. government] that I might be a target for a Russian intelligence operation." This reporting comes after the New York Post began publishing stories this week with emails and photos alleged to be from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden — material Giuliani says his lawyer obtained.  The sources said that among the incidents that led to the warning was...
    Federal intelligence agencies are investigating whether emails detailing Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged illicit dealings in Ukraine are part of a foreign intelligence operation targeting the US election, according to reports.  NBC claimed on Thursday night that a federal investigation is underway to establish if the emails found on a laptop in a Delaware repair shop last year, and revealed by the New York Post this week, had been planted to interfere before election day. They cited two people familiar with the matter and noted that they could not verify the authenticity of the emails published by the NY Post.  The report came as the Washington Post claimed that President Trump had been warned last year that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was the target of a Russian intelligence operation to feed him misinformation.  They stated that national security adviser Robert O’Brien cautioned Trump that any information Giuliani brought...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster lamented Thursday the President's refusal to commit to providing a peaceful post-election transition of power on Thursday and dismissed the notion of potential military involvement. Retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster added to a chorus of high-level officials grappling with the comments while promising a smooth transfer of authority in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room.""This is very disappointing, and really, this is something that our founders feared," McMaster told Blitzer. He referenced warnings from founding fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers on the dangers of identifying with factional political parties, instead of with the nation as a whole, as a potential road to violence.Citing Trump's "unfortunate" comments, McMaster continued, "We have to demand that our leaders restore confidence in our democratic principles and institutions and processes and, of course, it's the administration...
    A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden praised the Israel peace deal brokered by President Trump to an Iranian opposition group on Friday. Gen. James Jones (Ret.), who served early in the Obama administration, heaped praise on the development and the Trump policy generally. “I believe that the world community is increasingly willing to isolate evil regimes through sanctions and condemnation,” Jones told a conference organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). “If you just witnessed the current agreements executed in Washington, that certainly would send shock waves through Tehran, because obviously the circle of countries that are in direct opposition to what Iran sends,” Jones said of the agreements signed by Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House last week. Jones seemed to favor the strategy implemented by the Trump administration of “maximum pressure,” versus the...
    Over 70 former Republican National Security officials endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday, citing President Trump’s “corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as president,” The New York Times reports. With a total of 73 signatories, the new letter has more support than a similar letter released in 2016, in which 50 of the nation’s senior Republican National Security officials warned that then-candidate Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history.” The new letter lays out 10 reasons why Trump “has failed our country,” including damaging “America’s role as a world leader,” proving “unfit to lead during a national crisis,” having “aligned himself with dictators” like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and having “imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team.” Officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump all signed the...
    Though a rival on nearly all of President Trump's policies, former Vice President Joe Biden has to give credit where credit is due, said national security adviser Robert O'Brien. This week, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to establish diplomatic relations in a historic deal Trump said he brokered. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee to take on Trump in November, praised the move, which comes after years of buildup between the two nations wary of threats posed by Iran. "I think even Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris realize that this is a huge deal," O'Brien said on Fox News's The Story with Martha MacCallum. Biden also claimed Israel's relationships with Arab nations are a culmination of several administrations' efforts, including that of former President Barack Obama, but O'Brien pushed back on that notion, saying this deal, in particular, was due to the Trump administration. "I think...
    National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien warned on Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was “trying to elect” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and that they have the most powerful and sophisticated tools to do it. PBS News host Judy Woodruff asked O’Brien about a recent report from the U.S. Intelligence Community that concluded that China and Iran were pushing for Biden while Russia was pushing for President Donald Trump. “Final question, different subject, Ambassador O’Brien, and that has to do with the intelligence community report late last week that the Chinese and the Iranians are working in their own way to support Joe Biden in this presidential campaign,” Woodruff said. “But the Russians, who have a much more sophisticated interference campaign under way, are working again to support President Trump.” “So, my question is, what is the administration doing to counter the Russians?” Woodruff did not ask about China...
    Former national security adviser Susan Rice would be a “human lightning rod” if selected to be Democrat Joe Biden’s running mate, a Washington Post columnist wrote Friday. Rice, who is reported to be among shrinking list of Biden vice presidential contenders, has the advantage of a longstanding close relationship with Biden, unlike any of the other names on the list. But Biden's want for “familiarity and comfort” are luxuries the nation doesn’t have time for in this singular time of crisis, Post columnist Dana Milbank writes. SUSAN RICE DEFENDS ROLE IN BENGHAZI RESPONSE AMID VEEPSTAKES, DISMISSES POTENTIAL CRITICISM AS 'DISTRACTION'  Despite Rice’s impressive resume -- Rhodes scholar, Oxford, U.N ambassador, national security adviser -- she has serious Benghazi baggage and a polarizing ability to make fast enemies. She had to withdraw from consideration as former President Barack Obama's secretary of state because she was unlikely to get the Senate confirmation votes, Milbank writes....
    By MATTHEW LEE and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms control and immigration, the presumptive Democratic nominee and his advisers have vowed to unleash a tsunami of change in how the U.S. handles itself in the international arena. With few exceptions, Americans could expect Biden to re-engage with traditional allies. Where the iconoclastic Trump has used blunt threats and insults to press his case, Biden, a former senator, would be more inclined to seek common ground. Historically, U.S. foreign policy hasn't changed drastically as the presidency shifted between Democratic and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms control and immigration, the presumptive Democratic nominee and his advisers have vowed to unleash a tsunami of change in how the U.S. handles itself in the international arena. With few exceptions, Americans could expect Biden to re-engage with traditional allies. Where the iconoclastic Trump has used blunt threats and insults to press his case, Biden, a former senator, would be more inclined to seek common ground. Historically, U.S. foreign policy hasn’t changed drastically as the presidency shifted between Democratic and Republican administrations. Allies and adversaries stayed the...
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