Back in the United States, President-elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain to be his incoming chief of staff. Under President Obama, Klain oversaw the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in 2014. He also served as chief of staff to the last two Democratic vice presidents, Biden and Al Gore.
Biden has formed over a dozen teams to advise him on staffing and running major government agencies. In These Times reports at least one-third of Biden’s Pentagon transition team works for the weapons industry or is part of an organization or company that receives money from the weapons industry.
Meanwhile, the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are pushing the Biden team to place progressives in key Cabinet positions. Their dream team includes Barbara Lee as secretary of state, Elizabeth Warren as treasury secretary, Keith Ellison as attorney general, Bernie Sanders as secretary of labor, Mustafa Ali as EPA administrator and Deb Haaland as secretary of interior.