President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his first round of cabinet nominations on Tuesday.
The move has been broadly welcomed as a restoration of the old Washington and international order after the turmoil of the Trump administration.
Biden has also blunted criticism from progressives on his left flank by emphasizing diversity and the fight against the climate crisis, although the Democratic party’s internal fractures are far from healed.
Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, the president-elect said: “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.”
Vice president-elect Kamala Harris added: “When Joe asked me to be his running mate, he told me about his commitment to making sure we selected a cabinet that looks like America – that reflects the very best of our nation. That is what we have done.”