Biden picks China professional Tai as high US commerce consultant

Washington, December 10

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday roped in Katherine Tai as US Trade Representative as he named former national security advisor Susan Rice for top domestic policy job at the White House and Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

Biden also named Congresswoman Marcia Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“This dedicated and distinguished group of public servants will bring the highest level of experience, compassion, and integrity to bear, solving problems and expanding possibilities for the American people in the face of steep challenges,” Biden said.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said that this new set of administration members would help them meet a range of other challenges – from helping make sure no American goes hungry to putting affordable housing within reach for all to caring for veterans and their families and advancing the ideals of opportunity and equality.

Meanwhile, Biden, introducing retired Army general Lloyd J Austin as his defence secretary nominee, has urged Congress to waive a legal requirement that a secretary of defence be out of military service at least seven years before taking office. If confirmed by the Senate, the 67-year-old career military officer would be the first African-American to lead the Department of Defence. — PTI

Jayapal is chair of Congressional caucus

Washington: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been elected as the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), making her one of the most powerful US lawmakers in the 117th Congress. Jayapal, 55, said that the caucus is going to advance racial justice, tackle poverty and inequality and help transform the country. PTI

All 50 US states certify presidential election results

Washington: With West Virginia certifying its presidential election results, all 50 US states and the District of Columbia have now certified the outcome of the November 3 presidential polls, according to a media report on Thursday. Joe Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes. Meanwhile, Trump moved to intervene in a Supreme Court case that demands the 62 total Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin be invalidated. PTI

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