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Joe Biden has six weeks to finalise preparations for his return to the White House, as state electors certify his results and lock in the outcome of the 2020 vote. He, his Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and his transition team have to set up a whole new administration which will allow the government to function smoothly after Donald Trump’s departure. Mr Trump famously inducted several of his family members into his team, leading to questions as to whether Mr Biden would take a similar approach.
Would Joe Biden put his family in his administration?
President Trump notably handed his family prominent roles in his businesses, campaign and administration in 2016.
His three eldest, Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric, helped him launch and sustain his campaign.
Ivanka then joined the administration as Director of the Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, and her husband, Jared Kushner, became a senior advisor to the President and Director of the Office of American Innovation.
While Mr Biden has a pool of well-educated family members from whom he could pick for similar roles, experts believe he will not.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Robert Singh, a professor of politics at Birkbeck, University of London, said the President-Elect would avoid enlisting his family.
Professor Singh said: “I think he’ll avoid appointing family since he has problems with his son Hunter, and the Ukraine claims.”
He added: “He’ll want to set himself apart from Trump and nepotism.”
Ultimately, many of the claims put forward by the Trump campaign and news outlets about Mr Biden’s son remain unproven.
The source for the “news” surrounding the President-Elect’s son was Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has repeatedly pushed unfounded claims about the Biden family.
He also provided the New York Post with the emails alleging Mr Biden’s foreign business ties.
The allegations made the younger Biden a target for the press, and his father will likely want to avoid further unwarranted attention which could come with putting him in a public role.
Even without the controversy, Mr Biden would likely have chosen to enlist senior politicians, something he has already started.
Professor Singh said: “By the look of it, he’s going to draw on establishment Democrats with experience, of whom there are plenty.”
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He has already secured a diverse administration with a wealth of experience.
Mr Biden will start with an all-female communication staff, with a similarly diverse economic team expected following an announcement this week.
One of the provisional appointees to lead this team is Janet Yellen.
She is Mr Biden’s preferred choice to lead the treasury department, and already broke barriers in 2014 and 2018 as Chair of the Federal Reserve.
His administration may break another barrier with Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who could serve as Ms Yellen’s deputy Treasury secretary – the first Black person to do so in US history.
Neera Tanden, a former Hillary Clinton aide and chief executive of the Centre for American Progress think tank, may join at the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
Several of those on track to join the administration will, much like Mr Biden, be returning to the White House next year.
John Kerry is on track to join the administration as presidential envoy for climate.
Mr Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, joined Obama’s inner-circle as Secretary of State in 2013.
Also returning is Jen Psaki, another Obama alumni who served as his communications director, and could replace Kayleigh McEnany as press secretary in 2021.
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