Diplomat Antony Blinken is to become foreign minister, the Ministry of Homeland Security will lead a Hispanic-American for the first time.
The elected US President Joe Biden wants to appoint the experienced diplomat Antony Blinken as Secretary of State and former Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate commissioner. This was announced by Biden’s transition team on Monday. Alejandro Mayorkas will also be the first Hispano to head the Ministry of Homeland Security, which is responsible for immigration, among other things.
The former vice chief of the CIA secret service, Avril Haines, is also said to be the first woman in US history to become secret service director, as Biden’s transition team announced. It is supposed to coordinate the work of all US secret services in the future.
Biden’s transition team also confirmed on Monday that 43-year-old Jake Sullivan Biden would become National Security Advisor. Sullivan was Biden’s security advisor when he was Vice President. Career diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield is set to become her country’s ambassador to the United Nations. US media had already reported on Blinken, Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfield.
The appointment of former chief diplomat Kerry as climate special envoy comes as a surprise. The 76-year-old, who was US Secretary of State between 2013 and 2017 under President Barack Obama, will serve on the National Security Council in this capacity.
“This is the first time that the National Security Council will have a representative specifically responsible for climate change,” said Biden’s transition team. With this, the elected president expressed that global warming was seen as an “urgent national security issue”.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) reacted with satisfaction on Monday to the appointment of the former US Secretary of State. “We look forward to working with the new US climate officer, John Kerry, with whom I worked closely as Foreign Minister during the Iran, Syria and Libya talks in Vienna,” Kurz said in a statement.
“The EU, which has already set itself ambitious climate targets, cannot save the climate on its own, but only together with the USA and China,” the Chancellor continued.
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