US President Joe Biden has selected the people to form his new cabinet. While the new team is pending approval from the Senate, tap the cards to see how Donald Trump’s administration is set to be replaced.
President: Donald Trump
Replaced by: Joe Biden
Joe Biden replaces Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States.
The 78-year-old Democratic President has promised action on climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, and immigration during his first term.
Donald Trump’s promises upon taking office in 2017 included tax cuts, slashing regulation, pulling US troops out of the Middle East, building a border wall with Mexico and repealing Obamacare.
To this day, Donald Trump still has not conceded defeat in the 2020 US election.
Vice President: Mike Pence
Replaced by: Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris is a former attorney-general of California.
She was just the second African-American woman to serve in the US Senate when she took up her place in January 2017.
The 56-year-old replaces Republican Mike Pence, considered a loyal vice-president to Donald Trump for much of their term.
Chief of Staff: Mark Meadows
Replaced by: Ron Klain
Ron Klain served as chief of staff for Joe Biden during Barack Obama’s first term and worked on the Biden campaign during the presidential election.
He has known Joe Biden since the Democrat’s 1987 presidential campaign, and was chief of staff to vice president Al Gore in the mid-1990s.
Ron Klain also served as the coordinator to the Ebola response during the 2014 outbreak and will lead a White House likely to be consumed by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A chief of staff typically acts as a gatekeeper for the president, crafting political and legislative strategy and often serving as a liaison to Capitol Hill in legislative negotiations.
Former congressman Mark Meadows was brought into the role in March 2020, replacing Mick Mulvaney to become the the fourth chief of staff in Donald Trump’s administration.
Attorney-General: William Barr
Replaced by: Merrick Garland
Merrick Garland has been a federal appeals court judge since 1997.
The 68-year-old was nominated by former president Barack Obama for the US Supreme Court in 2016, but the Republican-controlled US Senate refused to hold hearings on the nomination.
William Bar resigned from the position in December following baseless claims from former president Donald Trump of election fraud.
Deputy attorney-general Jeff Rosen was appointed to acting attorney-general late December.
Secretary of State: Mike Pompeo
Replaced by: Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration.
The 58-year-old will seek to help reframe the US relationship with the rest of the world after Donald Trump’s questioning of longtime alliances.
Joe Biden has previously said his team will pursue the belief “that America is strongest when it works with its allies”.
Mike Pompeo — one of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies — took on the role in 2018. He started out in the administration as CIA Director before taking over from Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 2018.
He forged a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and was a key figure in the US’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Homeland Secretary: Chad Wolf
Replaced by: Alejandro Mayorkas
Alejandro Mayorkas is a Cuban-born lawyer who will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head homeland security, the agency responsible for domestic security.
As head of citizenship and immigration services under Obama, he led implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which shields undocumented immigrants who arrive in the US as children from being deported.
Donald Trump had long promised to end DACA, and it was one of his presidential campaign promises, but his efforts to dismantle the program were ultimately unsuccessful when the Supreme Court blocked the move in June.
Treasury Secretary: Steven Mnuchin
Replaced by: Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen is the first woman to head the Treasury Department in its 232-year history.
She was appointed as the Federal Reserve Chair in 2014 but was replaced in 2018 by Jerome Powell, who was nominated by Donald Trump.
In the late 1990s, she was president Bill Clinton’s top economic adviser during the Asian financial crisis.
Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, helped Donald Trump slash taxes and more recently has been at the forefront of emergency lending programs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic-driven economic crisis.
CIA Director: Gina Haspel
Replaced by: William Burns
William Burns, a career diplomat who speaks Arabic and Russian, was ambassador to Moscow and led secret talks that paved the way for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under former president Barack Obama.
The Biden administration would be keen to revive the nuclear deal abandoned by former president Donald Trump and also to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cyber attack on US government agencies last year. The Kremlin has denied responsibility.
Gina Haspel, the agency’s first female director, ran the CIA during the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
She was recently the subject of a QAnon conspiracy theory in which she was supposedly arrested after she was injured in Germany during a CIA raid to secure “the servers”. This is false.
Director of National Intelligence: John Ratcliffe
Replaced by: Avril Haines
Avril Haines is the first woman to hold this post.
Previously, she worked as a deputy national security adviser under Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director.
In contrast, John Ratcliffe had relatively little experience in national security before being tapped in May 2020.
He replaced Dan Coats, who was appointed in January 2017 to replace James Clapper, who held the role for seven years.
Defense Secretary: Christopher Miller
Replaced by: Lloyd Austin
Lloyd Austin, aged 67, is a retired four-star army general, a former head of US Central Command who oversaw forces in the Middle East under president Barack Obama.
His appointment would make him the first Black American US Secretary of Defense, although it has faced some pushback from some Democrats in Congress who are unhappy with the idea of a former military man running the Pentagon.
His confirmation will require Congress to approve a waiver because he has been out of the military for only four years, fewer than the seven years mandated by law.
Donald Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, needed a waiver, which is rarely used.
Christopher Miller stepped into the role as acting defense secretary after Mr Trump fired his predecessor Mark Esper in November.
The pair were at odds over a number of issues, including whether the military should have been deployed during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest.
Commerce Secretary: Wilbur Ross
Replaced by: Gina Raimondo
Gina Raimondo was Rhode Island’s first female governor.
In that role, she pushed for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in her state, but said in a recent interview with Providence Journal said she was reluctant to raise taxes on big earners to cover a state budget deficit.
She has also said she would push for state-operated stores to sell marijuana.
Former banker Wilbur Ross was confirmed in the role back in 2017 and is one of the few original members of the Trump cabinet.
Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos
Replaced by: Miguel Cardona
Miguel Cardona, a veteran teacher and school administrator, was Connecticut’s commissioner of education.
The department helps set education policy for younger children and universities, and administers a college financial aid program.
He takes over the role after the former education secretary, Betsy DeVos, resigned in the wake of the deadly riots at the Capitol.
The billionaire philanthropist and investor had been an unpopular figure after slashing education spending.
Deputy secretary of education Mick Zais stepped up as acting secretary for the remainder of the Trump administration.
Health & Human Services: Alex Azar
Replaced By: Xavier Becerra
Xavier Becerra is California’s Attorney-General.
A defender of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, he will take a leading role to oversee the Biden administration’s coronavirus response.
Alex Azar, who has held the role since 2018, resigned over the attacks on the US Capitol.
In a resignation letter addressed to Donald Trump, Mr Azar said: “The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power.”
Housing & Urban Development: Ben Carson
Replaced by: Marcia Fudge
Marcia Fudge is a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was just elected to a seventh term representing Ohio’s 11th District, which includes parts of Cleveland and Akron.
A longtime member of the House Agriculture Committee and a fierce advocate for food stamps, she has the strong backing of progressive groups who touted her support for food aid and worker protections at meatpacking plants.
Outgoing secretary Ben Carson said creating economic opportunity and setting people on a path to self-sufficiency were among his top priorities while in the role.
His office awarded more than $50 million in grants for new rental housing for low-income people with disabilities.
It also revoked Obama-era legislation requiring local governments to track patterns and causes of segregation to help determine federal housing funding.
Agriculture Secretary: Sonny Perdue
Replaced by: Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack ran this giant department for eight years under president Barack Obama and his relationship with Joe Biden goes back decades.
He was an early supporter of Joe Biden’s first campaign for president in 1988 while he was a mayor in Iowa. He endorsed Biden for the 2020 election and campaigned for him in Iowa.
He replaces Sonny Perdue, who since 2017 was in charge of the nation’s farm and food programs, agriculture development and conservation.
Labor Secretary: Eugene Scalia
Replaced by: Marty Walsh
Marty Walsh is a former union official and was most recently serving his second term as the mayor of Boston.
Walsh backs both a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave and has vowed to encourage union membership, which has been declining for decades in the US.
“We can defend workers rights, we can strengthen collective bargaining. We can grow union membership. We can create millions of good paying jobs with investments in infrastructure, clean energy, and in high-tech manufacturing, along with the workforce training to help get those people into those good jobs,” he said.
Trade Representative: Robert Lighthizer
Replaced by: Katherine Tai
Katherine Tai was chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee before she was tapped as the US Trade Representative.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she oversaw China trade enforcement for the Office of the US Trade Representative, setting US strategy in trade disputes with China.
She will inherit a trade war with China, put on pause by an interim trade pact in January that left many of the hardest issues unresolved.
As the top trade staffer at Ways and Means, Katherine Tai handled negotiations in 2019 with the Trump administration over a revamped North American trade deal.
Under pressure from congressional Democrats, Donald Trump’s trade team — headed by Robert Lighthizer — agreed to strengthen the pact to make it easier for Mexican workers to form independent unions and demand better pay and benefits, decreasing the incentives for US firms to move south of the border to take advantage of cheap and compliant labour.
Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie
Replaced by: Denis McDonough
Denis McDonough was the White House chief of staff during Barack Obama’s second term.
He spent the early part of his career as an aide to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, before advising Mr Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign on foreign policy and later serving as deputy national security adviser.
He replaces Robert Wilkie, who had been facing calls to resign following reports he repeatedly sought to discredit a congressional aide who made a sexual assault allegation and that his staff worked to spread negative information about her.
Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao
Replaced by: Pete Buttigieg
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg made waves as the youngest Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race.
He would make history by becoming the first openly gay member of the US Cabinet.
As transportation secretary, Mr Buttigieg will oversee a sprawling federal agency that regulates the nation’s airlines, transit systems and interstate highways.
He will also play a central role in Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure and environmental initiatives, including plans to add 500,000 charging stations nationwide for electric vehicles.
He replaces Elaine Chao, whose time in office was tarnished by a House Oversight Committee investigation into whether she acted improperly to benefit herself or her family’s shipping company.
Ms Chao announced her resignation following the attacks on the US Capitol, saying the event “has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside”.
Office of Management and Budget: Russell Vought
Replaced by: Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden is the president of the Center for American Progress think tank.
Before that she worked as senior adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped to create the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
She replaces Russell Vought, who served in the role for more than a year after replacing Mick Mulvaney, who was tapped to become the White House chief of staff.
Energy Secretary: Dan Brouillette
Replaced by: Jennifer Granholm
Jennifer Granholm was the first female governor of Michigan, serving from 2003 to 2011.
In 2009, she worked in then-vice-president Joe Biden’s office on the bailout of auto manufacturers during the Great Recession.
Dan Brouillette, who was appointed to the role in 2019 to replace Rick Perry, supported the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline.
The pipeline became a symbol of the environmental and indigenous rights movements in 2017 after Native American and climate groups sought to block its construction with months of protests.
The project faced setbacks earlier this year when a court decided to force operators to close the pipeline over its environmental impact study, for which Dan Brouillette blamed activists.
Interior Secretary: David Bernhardt
Replaced by: Deb Haaland
Deb Haaland is a US Representative from New Mexico.
Her appointment would make her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.
The position would give her authority over a department that employs more than 70,000 people across the US and oversees more than 20 per cent of the nation’s surface, including tribal lands and national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite.
She has said she would seek to expand renewable energy production on federal land to contribute to the fight against climate change, and undo former president Donald Trump’s focus on bolstering fossil fuels output.
Outgoing interior chief David Bernhardt, a former energy lobbyist, was confirmed in 2019.
Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler
Replaced by: Michael Regan
Michael Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, will head the EPA.
He would be the first Black person to run the agency and one of the key players in Joe Biden’s agenda to reverse environmental rollbacks under former president Donald Trump and fight climate change by bringing the US economy to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
He replaces Andrew Wheeler, who felt former administrations had focussed too much on climate change.
Speaking ahead of the 2020 election, Mr Wheeler said if Donald Trump was re-elected his agency would focus on community revitalisation, water quality, permitting reform, superfund clean-ups, and pesticide administration.
“This will do more for environmental justice than all the rhetoric in political campaigns,” he said.
Small Business Administration: Jovita Carranza
Replaced by: Isabel Guzman
Isabel Guzman formerly headed California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (SBA) and helped coordinate the state’s economic recovery response amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Before that, she was the deputy chief of staff at the SBA during the Obama administration.
She replaces Jovita Corranza, who was appointed in 2019 after serving as the US treasurer.
Ms Corranza took over what is often regarded as a lower profile government agency, but its importance saw a surge when the coronavirus pandemic hit small businesses particularly hard.
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