Biden announces cabinet appointments, welcomes GSA’s transition approval as ‘needed step’

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he addresses the media after a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Biden transition team welcomed the General Services Administration’s transition approval as “a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation.” President-elect Joe Biden is already charting a new course.

The statement from the Biden transition team promised “a full accounting of our national security interests, and … the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”

Biden plans to nominate national security and foreign policy appointees with deep experience in government, though in new roles.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry will become a special envoy on climate change. Homeland Security veteran Alejandro Mayorkas will become the first Latino immigrant to lead the agency the Trump administration relied on to squelch Latino immigration. Avril Haines, who has been in the CIA and deputy national security advisor, will be the first woman to direct national intelligence.

Biden also met with the U.S. Conference of Mayors Monday to get their input on responding to the virus. He told the mayors he hoped to continue to meet with them and once again stressed the need for unity in confronting COVID-19.

“Blue cities, red cities, it doesn’t matter. You’re all American cities,” Biden said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was among the mayors on the call, said, afterward, it’s clear Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris share Philadelphia’s priorities on gun violence, climate change and a science-based COVID-19 response — a contrast to the Trump administration, with whom Kenney often butted heads.