Biden transition team's work underway

As the US awaited a winner in the presidential election, Joe Biden's transition team was mapping out what it will do if the Democratic nominee becomes president-elect.

Iran PressAmerica: According to Fox News, the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 230,000 Americans, will be Joe Biden's team immediate focus. 

Ted Kaufman, who served on Biden's staff for 22 years and was appointed to fill his vacated Senate seat when he was elected vice president in 2008, is leading the transition team. 

Kaufman started preparing for the job in April, shortly after Biden locked up the Democratic nomination.

Former staffers for two of Biden's primary opponents, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, were laying the groundwork for a potential Biden administration.

The team is also staffed with top aides from the Obama administration, such as former Deputy National Security Adviser Avril Haines and former director of the White House National Economic Council Jeffrey Zients. 

The advisory board includes at least two Republicans, Cindy McCain, and former Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.

While the team's top priority is countering the coronavirus pandemic, stimulating the economy with another relief package was also top of mind. 

Biden's transition team also will be watching the remaining Senate elections closely, as 1,200 of a president's 4,000 appointees have to be approved by the upper chamber of Congress. If Democrats get control of the Senate, potential Biden appointees could have much more leeway during hearings. 


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