The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, will announce on Tuesday the 24th the first members of the cabinet that will make up his government, announced this Sunday that will be his chief of staff in the White House, Ron Klain.
“You will see the first announcements about members of the cabinet this Tuesday,” Klain said during an interview on ABC News, and stated that the announcement would be made by Biden himself.
Klain did not clarify, however, whether the announcement will include some of the most anticipated cabinet figures, such as secretaries of state, treasury or justice.
The president-elect said this week that he had already decided who would be his secretary of the Treasury, and that would make the announcement either before or after the Thanksgiving holiday, which is held next Thursday 26.
Both former Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and Senator Elizabeth Warren have run for the job, but Biden declined to speculate and only predicted that the person he has selected will satisfy both the most moderate and the most progressive Democrats.
Biden’s nominees will have to be confirmed by the Senate, whose control will not be determined until two special elections scheduled for January 5 are held in Georgia, on which two seats depend that will tip the Upper House towards the Republicans or the Democrats .
Biden has already announced a dozen advisers who will accompany him to the White House, like Klain himself, although these officials do not need the approval of the Senate, unlike those of the Cabinet.
In his interview with ABC, Klain also announced that Biden’s inauguration, scheduled for January 20, “will have to change definitively” with respect to the traditional ones in the US, because with the pandemic it is not appropriate to congregate dozens of thousands of people in central Washington.
On the obstruction of the transition process by the outgoing president, Donald Trump, Klein said: “Trump’s assault on our elections will not change the outcome”.
“Joe Biden will take the oath of office, and Trump will leave the White House before that. But how much damage will he do to our democracy before he leaves?” Klain said.