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AFP
November 24, 2020

Biden starts naming cabinet picks today as Trump resists

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AFP
November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden will name his first cabinet picks on Tuesday, his chief of staff said, even as Donald Trump clung to unsubstantiated claims of fraud despite growing dissent from within his own party. Biden has pushed ahead with preparations to assume the presidency on January 20, regardless of Trump’s bid to undo the results of the November vote. "You are going to see the first of the president-elect’s cabinet picks on Tuesday," Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, told ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday.

Several US news organizations, including Bloomberg and The New York Times, reported that the president-elect will nominate seasoned diplomat and long-time aide Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Biden also said last week he had already decided his pick for the key position of Treasury Secretary.

A growing number of Republicans have either recognised Biden’s victory or at least urged the General Services Administration -- the usually low-profile agency that manages the federal bureaucracy -- to release federal funds for the Biden transition. With Trump refusing to acknowledge the election outcome, Biden and his top aides have been denied briefings on sensitive domestic and foreign policy issues.