Among the appointments is Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond as senior advisor and director of its Office of Public Participation.
The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Tuesday, November 17, new appointments to his government team while President Donald Trump, without public appearances, still does not recognize his electoral defeat.
Following the appointment last week of his veteran adviser Ron Klain, a strong critic of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, as his next chief of staff; Biden announced several high-ranking campaign aides on Tuesday 17 to fill other key positions on his team at the White House.
Among the appointments are Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, his campaign co-chair, as senior advisor and director of his Office of Public Participation; and Jen O’Malley Dillon, his campaign manager, as deputy chief of staff.
Also that of Julissa Reynoso, who in the government of Barack Obama was Deputy Undersecretary of State for Latin America and ambassador to Uruguay, as chief of staff of the First Lady.
Anthony Bernal, who was deputy campaign manager and advisor and trusted person to the Biden family for more than a decade, was appointed as the first lady’s senior adviser.
A controversial adviser appointment to Biden is that of Steve Ricchetti, who was deputy chief of staff to Bill Clinton (1993-2001).
According to The Wall Street Journal, Richetti founded a lobbying firm with his brother Jeff in 2001, from which he split to start working with Biden and which in the last year has won several contracts with pharmaceutical companies.
Some progressive groups have urged Biden to keep lobbyists out of his administration.
Other appointments in key positions include Julie Rodríguez, deputy campaign director and former assistant vice president-elect Kamala Harris, who will serve as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; and Annie Tomasini, Biden’s chief of staff during the campaign, who will become the Oval Office’s chief operating officer.
“These diverse, experienced and talented individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an Administration that looks like America,” with “deep experience of government,” Biden’s campaign said in a statement.
These appointments come as Trump continues to insist that he won the election and has promoted several legal actions in different states in an attempt to reverse the favorable results for Biden, alleging unsubstantiated wrongdoing.