A Saturday report by Politico unveiled a long list of potential contenders for Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s cabinet, soon after the former US vice president was projected to win the White House against incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.
The potential White House staff list claimed by the newspaper reportedly consists of various cultural components of America, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latino-Americans, as well as Native Americans. The list also includes both elderly and young politicians.
The list of the potential Biden administration executives includes ex-US President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice; ex-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Senators Chris Coons and Chris Murphy, and ex-Deputy Secretary of State and ex-ambassador to Moscow, William Burns, for the office of the state secretary.
Politico’s list included ex-Defense Secretary Michele Flournoy, and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Jack Reed for the post of defence secretary, while claiming ex-Deputy Secretary of Treasury Sarah Raskin, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Federal Reserve Governor Roger Ferguson, Ariel Investments CEO Mellody Hobson, or Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta CEO Raphael Bostic as candidates for the Treasury Department.
As for Biden's secretary of homeland security, an ex-deputy secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, or California Attorney General Zavier Bercerra, were mentioned as possible contenders.
Bercerra’s name could be seen also among contenders for the post of prosecutor-general, along with former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Senator Doug Jones.
Among notable Biden administration potential choices, former Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and ex-South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is projected to fill a national office, with the post of the US ambassador to the United Nations being one of the projected jobs, although the most likely choice for the former Biden rival right now appears to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Joe Biden and his vice-presidential running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, are projected to become the next US President-elect and VP-elect after all major US media outlets on Saturday called the two crucial states of Nevada and Pennsylvania for the Democrats, pushing their potential total of electoral votes from 264 to 290, twenty votes above the minimum needed to win the White House race.
Biden and Harris have already declared their victory over Trump.
Trump has rejected a Biden win, saying that he will challenge the results in court on Monday.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said, while claiming that he won the 3 November vote.
Fox News reported on Saturday, citing anonymous sources, that Trump suggested that could be ready to accept the Biden victory when all legal challenges to his campaign have been exhausted.