Monday, 23 November 2020

Joe Biden Nominates Former CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines To Be The Next Director Of National Intelligence

 

US News and World Report: Biden to Nominate Avril Haines for DNI 

A former Obama administration national security legal counsel and deputy adviser, Avril Haines becomes the first woman to oversee the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden on Monday announced he intends to nominate former CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines to become the next director of national intelligence, the first woman elevated to the position.

The announcement also confirmed prior reports Biden plans to nominate former top aide and close confidante Antony Blinken as secretary of state, career foreign service officer Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the U.N. and Obama administration veteran Jake Sullivan as national security adviser. 

The moves come as Biden faces increased pressure both inside and outside his transition team to appoint candidates who will appease the more progressive elements of the Democratic Party while also ensuring they could receive confirmation from a Senate that may retain its Republican majority. 

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