WILMINGTON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to unveil his appointments to various top economic team positions on Monday, when he will also receive his first classified intelligence report, an essential step before taking over. of national security in the United States.
While Biden’s transition to the White House appeared to be going strong, the Democrat broke an ankle Sunday while walking his dog.
The future administration has been delayed in the handover process for weeks because current President Donald Trump refused to accept defeat in the elections, and claimed, without providing evidence, that the November 3 vote suffered from an extended fraud.
Biden is slated to name the top positions on an economic team that will have to combat the crippling blow to the U.S. workforce and businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In contrast to Trump, who elected mostly white men to senior positions, Biden’s early appointments were extremely diverse, including a communications team made up of all women and revealed Sunday night.
Biden is expected to announce Janet Yellen, who was the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, as Treasury Secretary, and Adewale Adeyemo as the first African-American to become Assistant Treasury Secretary.
Other members of the planned economic team include Neera Tanden, executive director of the Center for American Progress, as the White House budget chief. Tanden will be the first woman of color to lead the agency, Reuters and other outlets reported.
Brian Deese, who helped lead former President Barack Obama’s efforts to bail out the auto industry during the 2009 financial crisis, will head the National Economic Council, the New York Times reported Sunday, drawing some criticism from progressives for his ties to Wall Street.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also receive the first intelligence report from the White House, a step that has so far been postponed because of the Trump team’s refusal. The report is the first degree towards the transfer of responsibilities for the most sensitive security data in the country.
Trump, for his part, maintained his allegations of fraud in an interview with Fox News on Sunday and in tweets that were classified as “unverified information” by the social network.
But the Republican president, who on Thursday said he would leave the White House if Biden is declared the winner by the Electoral College on Dec. 14, appeared to have backtracked on his combative legal stance, telling Fox News he saw no way to pursue his case. to the Supreme Court.
Reports by Trevor Hunnicutt, Simon Lewis and Patricia Zengerle; written by Patricia Zengerle. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo