Joe Biden could name his most important Cabinet picks within days

November 21, 2020 

President-elect Joe Biden could name two of his most important Cabinet picks in the next few days, according to reports — aiming to solidify a transition that the current administration has not yet acknowledged.

Biden’s choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury may be revealed before Thanksgiving, sources told The Associated Press Saturday.

Front-runners for the role of the nation’s top diplomat include Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, and Antony Blinken, a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton.

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is thought to top the list of potential Treasury Secretary candidates — despite mounting pressure from progressives who want an outspoken liberal, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in the slot.

Biden this week announced more than a dozen aides for his White House staff — almost all of them insiders from his 47-year career in Washington.

Senate Republicans have signaled little desire to stand in the way of confirmation for Biden’s nominees.

“All presidents have a right to their Cabinet,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told Politico Friday.

Instead, it could be Democrats who give him pushback.

“Progressive views need to be expressed within a Biden administration,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders warned this week. “It would be, for example, enormously insulting if Biden put together a ‘team of rivals’ … which might include Republicans and conservative Democrats.”

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