Biden Introduces National Security Team

The formal introduction of several top cabinet picks comes one day after the Trump administration cleared the way for the formal transition process to begin. NBC's Alice Barr reports.

(NBC News) — The White House transition is formally moving ahead.

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced his picks for high-level cabinet positions focused on national security and intelligence.

“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” President-elect Biden said.

Mr. Biden pointed to the nominees’ experience, while answering criticism they could represent a return to the status quo.

“We cannot meet these challenges with old thinking,” he said.

Biden named Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security, the first Latino to do so, and Avril Haines as the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence.

Signaling a commitment to climate change, he chose former Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate czar, a new cabinet position.

The Trump administration on Monday cleared the way for the presidential transition to formally begin, allowing critical resources and information to flow to President-elect Biden and his team, even as President Trump vowed to keep fighting the election results in court.

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