1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"Together, these public servants will restore America globally, its global leadership and its moral leadership, and will ensure that our service members, diplomats and intelligence professionals can do their job free of politics. They'll not only repair, they'll also reimagine American foreign policy and national security for the next generation. And they'll tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know, what I need to know. To the American people, this team will make us proud to be Americans. And as more states certify the results of this election, there's progress to wrap up our victory. You know, I'm pleased to have received the ascertainment from GSA to carry out a smooth and peaceful transition of power so our teams can prepare to meet the challenges at hand to control the pandemic, to build back better, and to protect the safety and security of the American people and to the United States Senate, I hope these outstanding nominees received a prompt hearing and that we can work across the aisle in good faith to move forward for the country."
President-elect Joe Biden introduced top Cabinet picks for his national security and foreign policy teams, saying his choices will "re-imagine American foreign policy" and "restore moral leadership."
Biden rolled out his choices Tuesday in Wilmington to fill secretary of state, national security adviser and a new, Cabinet-level post dedicated to climate change.
The president-elect said his team will "tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know, what I need to know. To the American people, this team will make us proud to be Americans."
Biden said his choice for secretary of state, Tony Blinken, will "be ready on day one," calling him one of his "closest and most trusted advisers."
Biden also hailed his creation of a senior climate post on the National Security Council as a sign of his "commitment" to battling climate change. He plans to nominate former Secretary of State John Kerry to the post.
"The world will know that with one of my closest friends, John Kerry, he's speaking for America on one of the most pressing threats of our time. No one I trust more," Biden said.
The president-elect said he is "pleased" that his administration has officially been allowed to begin the transition process in filling out a new government and said he hoped his nominees receive a "prompt" confirmation process.
Biden said receiving the transitional status known as "ascertainment" would allow his team to "prepare to meet the challenges at hand" in transferring power from the Trump Administration to his own.
Late Monday, the General Services Administration "ascertained" that Biden is the apparent winner of this month's presidential election.
That process gives the incoming president and his team access to officials at federal agencies and directs the Justice Department to work on security clearances for transition team members and Biden political appointees.
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Wilmington , Delaware , United States , North America