Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

After Trump, Biden Aims To Reshape The Presidency Itself
Matt Slocum

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. When Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, he will begin to reshape the office of the presidency itself as he sets out to lead a bitterly divided nation grappling with a devastating pandemic and an insurrection meant to stop his ascension to power.

President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration. The nominations and appointments announced Saturday signal Biden’s desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under Donald Trump.

Biden is nominating Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state and Victoria Nuland as undersecretary of state for political affairs. Those are the second- and third-highest ranking posts in the department. Biden says his team “embodies my core belief that America is strongest when it works with our allies.” He says they “will use their diplomatic experience and skill to restore America’s global and moral leadership.”