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Joe Biden says US is 'back and ready to lead' as cabinet picks are introduced - ABC News

US president-elect Joe Biden says his foreign policy agenda will see the United States retake its global leadership role and strengthen its alliances in the Asia-Pacific.

Speaking as he introduced his cabinet picks to the nation, Mr Biden said his selection for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, would rebuild morale and trust in the US State Department.

He said his team would pursue the belief "that America is strongest when it works with its allies".

In addition to Mr Blinken, Mr Biden's security team includes Obama White House veteran Jake Sullivan as national security adviser; veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations; lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to be homeland security secretary; and Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA, to serve as director of national intelligence.

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Lisa Thomas-Greenfield was the former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.(AP: Carolyn Kaster)

Ms Haines, if confirmed in the Senate, will be the first woman to hold that post.

Former secretary of state John Kerry will be special envoy on climate change.

'We can't solve all of the world's problems alone'

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Antony Blinken says the US "needs to be working with other countries".(AP: Carolyn Kaster)

Speaking about his calls with world leaders, Mr Biden said he had been struck by "how much they're looking forward to the United States reasserting its historic role as a global leader over the Pacific, as well as the Atlantic, all across the world."

He also vowed to strengthen alliances in the Asia-Pacific while touting the diplomatic experience of his team, which he said had secured "some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory" with American allies.

"That's how we truly keep America safe. Without engaging in needless military conflicts, and our adversaries in check," he said.

Mr Blinken also stressed the need to work with allies, who Mr Trump often made a target for public criticism as part of his "America First" approach to foreign policy.

"We need to be working with other countries, we need their cooperation, we need their partnership."

Biden's picks will face Republican Senate opposition

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If confirmed in the Senate, Avril Haines would be the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence.(AP: Carolyn Kaster)

Mr Biden, who is due to take office on January 20, said he hoped the presently Republican-dominated Senate would give a prompt hearing to his nominees.

Mr Kerry and Mr Sullivan's roles will not require Senate confirmation.

With the Senate's balance of power hinging on two run-off races in Georgia that will be decided in January, some Senate Republicans have already expressed antipathy to Mr Biden's picks as little more than an extension of the Obama administration.

Arkansas Senate Republican Tom Cotton labelled the picks as "panda huggers" who would go soft on China.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that will consider Mr Blinken's nomination, also poured cold water over Mr Biden's picks.

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But Mr Biden's transition team hailed the president-elect's selection as a group of "crisis-tested leaders", be ready to hit the ground running in the new administration.

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John Barron explains the transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden.

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