PV International Desk : President-elect Joe Biden has promised a cabinet that reflects America’s diversity, and he is choosing his team even though Donald Trump is refusing to concede or cooperate.
Dozens of names are being floated for the most important positions in the executive branch, and the vetting of potential cabinet members has been going on or months.
“I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that,” Biden, whose incoming vice president Kamala Harris is a Black and Asian-American woman, said in his victory speech four days after the November 3 election.
“Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”
But Biden may well be hamstrung by the US Senate, which confirms cabinet picks and whose control is likely — but not guaranteed — to be in Republican hands come January.
That means Biden may need some Republican support to get his picks confirmed, and would face severe headwinds if he chooses far-left nominees like Senator Elizabeth Warren or Senator Bernie Sanders.
Here are some of the politicians, diplomats, businesswomen and defense experts jockeying for spots in Biden’s inner circle: