Joe Biden’s transition team is warning that it may take “legal action” if the General Services Administration fails to make an official determination that Joe Biden has won the election, Axios reports.
Washington Post: “A leading candidate for the post is Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, who served as a senior Treasury Department official in the Obama administration. Brainard has broad policymaking experience, particularly during economic crises, as well as wide respect among international foreign ministries and central banks from her time as the department’s top diplomat.”
“At the same time, Biden could face pressure from the Democratic Party’s left wing to pick a more liberal figure, someone who could push for aggressive financial overhauls and prove more adversarial to supporters of free trade. Such a nominee, however, could face difficulty winning Senate confirmation if Republicans retain control.”
“A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power,” the Washington Post reports.
“One near-certainty about Joe Biden’s Cabinet: Pete Buttigieg will be in it. Biden officials have made clear to donors and party officials the question surrounding Buttigieg is not if, but where, he lands,” Axios reports.
“The multilingual Buttigieg has told friends he wants U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but he may face internal competition from Julie Smith, a longtime Biden foreign policy confidant.”
“Other slots for Buttigieg range from Housing and Urban Development to Veterans Affairs to the Office of Management and Budget.”
“Never before has a president-elect inherited a complex set of urgent — and epic — emergencies like the ones confronting Joe Biden and America,” Axios reports.
“FDR, no doubt, inherited a hot American, Depression-era mess in 1932. President-elect Biden’s spoils, in some respects, are similarly rotten: a spreading pandemic, sky-high long-term unemployment, stratospheric federal debt, an outgoing president claiming the Democrat stole the election, a nation bitterly divided, and misinformation and lies spreading at scale on platforms available to every citizen for free.”
“Any one of these crises would take a presidential term to tame. Six, at once, seem almost incomprehensible in their scale and complexity.”
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