Who will be the key figures of his presidential team?

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Secretary of State

Susan Rice, a former national security adviser, has been touted as a potential candidate for the country’s top diplomatic role. Ms Rice has significant foreign policy experience and has known Mr Biden well from their time together in the Obama administration and could also be offered a position in Homeland Security or the Pentagon.

Chris Coons, who occupies Mr Biden’s former Senate seat in Delaware and is one of his closest confidants in Washington, has also been approached for the role of secretary of state.

AN ambassador

Pete Buttigieg, a former Democratic presidential candidate, could be running for UN ambassador. Mr. Buttigieg, a young but talented politician, shares Mr. Biden’s desire to strengthen America’s position on the world stage. However, Mr. Buttigieg has no experience with the federal government – his most recent position was at South Bend City Hall, a small town in Indiana. The 38-year-old, who previously served as a U.S. naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan, would also be considered for the post of Veterans Affairs Secretary.

Secretary of the Treasury

Elizabeth Warren, the Liberal Massachusetts Firefighter Senator, was reportedly considered for the post of Secretary of the Treasury. A former Harvard law professor, she is an expert in American bankruptcy law. Ms Warren honed her credentials in the aftermath of the financial crisis by putting the big banks to work and leading industry reform, including helping set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. However, she is deeply unpopular on Wall Street – and among many Republicans – and may find it difficult to be confirmed by the Senate.

Attorney General

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, who served in the Obama administration, is believed to be considering running the Department of Justice. Ms. Yates served as Barack Obama’s deputy in the ministry before becoming acting attorney general at the start of the Trump administration. She was fired by Mr Trump less than two weeks after failing to defend the president’s Muslim travel ban in court. Ms Yates has a good chance of being confirmed by the US Senate – she was confirmed by a large majority in her previous post.

Ms Warren would also be considered for the post of attorney general. The same goes for Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party who nearly became governor of Georgia in 2018 but lacks experience at the national level.

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