Joe Biden introduces Susan Rice, others for key administration posts

Susan Rice delivers remarks today after being introduced as Biden’s choice to lead his Domestic Policy Council as Joe Biden looks on. Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday formally introduced more key members of his administration, several of whom are veterans of the Obama White House.

During an afternoon event in Wilmington, Del., Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris presented Susan Rice as the White House domestic policy adviser; Denis McDonough as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Tom Vilsack as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Agriculture; and Katherine Tai as the nominee for U.S. trade representative.

The picks had all been previously announced.

“Above all, they know how government could and should work for all Americans,” Biden said of the members of his administration he introduced Friday.

Biden specifically praised Rice, who served as national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, as a “policy heavyweight” who’d be serving in a “big and critical role” in his own White House.

Biden also briefly discussed the worsening pandemic, reiterating promises that he would, use “every power available tome as president” to put in place “national coordination that will beat this virus.”

He did not take any formal questions from reporters, but when a reporter shouted question about his son Hunter Biden, who is facing a federal investigation into his taxes, Biden said only, “I’m proud of my son.”

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