US election: Biden’s internal circle ‘in line’ for key posts

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Close associates of US President-elect Joe Biden are expected to be appointed to key roles in his administration.

Mr Biden is expected to appoint longtime advisor Antony Blinken as State Secretary – the most important foreign policy position.

He will announce his first cabinet election on Tuesday, although Donald Trump continues to refuse to admit.

Mr Trump continues to question the outcome of the vote as he is increasingly asked to accept defeat.

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Mr Biden is expected to beat President Trump by 306 votes to 232 when the U.S. electoral college meets to officially confirm the winner on December 14. This is well over the 270 votes that he needs.

What do we know about Biden’s selection for top jobs?

Mr Biden’s team has not confirmed what cabinet positions will be announced on Tuesday.

His senior adviser, Symone Sanders, told CBS’s Face the Nation, “I can’t tell you how many or who right now, but I can tell you the president-elect is starting to assemble his cabinet and the American people are going to see it first throw. ” of which on Tuesday. “

It has been widely reported that Mr Blinken will be appointed Secretary of State. The 58-year-old is a longtime advisor to the elected president. He was assistant secretary of state and assistant national security advisor during the Obama administration of which Mr Biden was vice president. He is expected to lead a Biden foreign policy agenda that focuses on reintegration into Western allies.

Sources told BBC partner CBS News that Mr. Biden will be appointing Jake Sullivan – formerly a top adviser to Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden – as national security adviser to the White House.

Image rightsGetty Images / ReutersImage descriptionJake Sullivan, Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Antony Blinken are all tipped for positions

Mr. Sullivan was Mr. Biden’s National Security Advisor during Mr. Obama’s second term.

Long-time diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield is expected to be nominated as US Ambassador to the United Nations. She also served under President Obama, including serving as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs between 2013 and 2017.

The positions of Secretary of State and UN Ambassador must be approved by the US Senate, while the National Security Advisor is appointed by the President.

Mr Biden said Thursday that he had already elected his finance minister and that it was someone “accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party”.

What about the calls on Trump to admit?

President Trump continues to refuse to allow the election. He has repeatedly made allegations of widespread electoral fraud without producing any evidence.

He has pursued legal challenges in several states to reverse his loss to Mr Biden, but there are increasing demands to accept defeat.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a prominent Trump ally, called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.

“I was a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we can no longer pretend that something happened here that did not happen,” he told ABC’s program on Sunday Week”.

High profile Trump supporter Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of investment firm Blackstone, also said it was time for Mr Trump to accept that he had lost.

“Like many in the business world, I am ready to help President-elect Biden and his team address the significant challenges of rebuilding our economy after Covid,” he said in a statement to the US media.

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Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan told CNN on Sunday that the Trump camp’s continued efforts to reverse election results “are starting to look like we are a banana republic”.

Some Republican lawmakers have also sought to recognize Mr Trump’s defeat in the elections.

Michigan representative Fred Upton told CNN that voters in his battlefield state “spoke” by electing Mr Biden, while North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer said it was “on” in an interview with NBC the time to begin a transition “even though he had ceased to accept Mr. Biden’s victory.

On Twitter on Sunday, Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency, named 21 Republican senators who he said had “privately expressed their contempt for Trump.”

He said their “public silence helped facilitate Trump’s worst behavior – including undermining and discrediting the US” and the electoral system.

What’s the latest on the challenges?

The Trump campaign has lost a string of legal battles contesting election results, and its recent efforts are focused on stopping the swing states that certified Mr Biden as victorious – an essential step for the Democrat to officially become the winner to be explained.

The president’s most recent legal setback came on Saturday when a judge dismissed his attempt to invalidate millions of letter votes in Pennsylvania.

In a damning verdict, Judge Matthew Brann said his court had been presented with “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations”.

The move paves the way for Pennsylvania to confirm Mr Biden’s victory on Monday. However, the Trump campaign appeals against the verdict.

Also on Saturday, the Trump campaign called for another recount in Georgia, the day after a hand recount confirmed Mr Biden’s victory in the state.

In Michigan, Republican officials wrote to the state electoral board to request a two-week delay in confirming the results.

However, the Michigan State Department said delays and audits are illegal.

In Wisconsin, election officials have accused Trump supporters of obstructing the state’s vote counting. They said Mr Trump’s observers, in some cases, asked every single ballot to deliberately slow down the process.

If the recount isn’t completed by December 1 – the deadline for Wisconsin to confirm its votes – the Trump camp will have the option to file a lawsuit.

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