1. Close-up Joe Biden walks onto stage, followed by Kamala Harris and national security nominees
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"Well, good afternoon, everyone. Today I'm pleased to announce nominations and staff for critical foreign policy, national security positions in my administration. It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure. It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Once again, sit at the head of the table ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies, ready to stand up for our values. In fact, in calls from world leaders that I've had about 18 or 20 so far, I'm not sure of the exact number in the weeks since we won the election, I've been struck by how much they're looking forward to the United States reasserting its historic role as a global leader both in the Pacific as well as the Atlantic all across the world."
3. Side, Biden speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"Collectively, this team has secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory made possible through decades of experience working with our partners. That's how we truly keep America safe without engaging in needless military conflicts and our adversaries in check and terrorists at bay. And that's how we counter terrorism and extremism, control this pandemic and future ones, deal with the climate crisis, nuclear proliferation, cyber threats and emerging technologies, the spread of authoritarianism and so much more. And while this team has unmatched experience and accomplishments, they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet these challenges with old thinking and unchanged habits. For example, we're going to have the first woman lead the intelligence community, the first Latino and immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and a groundbreaking diplomat at the United Nations. We're going to have a principal on the National Security Council's full time job is to fight climate change for the first time ever that will occur. And my national security team will be coordinated by one of the youngest national security advisors in decades. Experience and leadership, fresh thinking and perspective, and an unrelenting belief in the promise of America. I've long said that America leads not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example. And I'm proud to put forward this incredible team that will lead by example."
Americans got their first look at President-elect Joe Biden's proposed national security team Tuesday.
Biden says his national security team will lead the way in reflecting the fact that "America is back" on the world stage.
During a speech Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said that his team would "embody my core believes that America is strongest when it works with its allies."
In rolling out his national security picks, including tops posts for State Department and Department of Homeland Security, Biden said the nominees show "experience and leadership, fresh thinking and perspective and an unrelenting believe in the promise of America."
Among those on the team: former Secretary of State John Kerry, who's to take the lead on climate change.
Altogether, Biden's picks signal a shift from President Donald Trump's "America First" policy and a return to global engagement.
Some are veterans of the Obama administration. The incoming president will nominate longtime adviser Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to be homeland security secretary, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.
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