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President-electJoe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris just announced the members of their foreign policy and national security team.

In a Transition Team news release they listed the following:

  • Antony Blinken, Secretary of State
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor
  • John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Biden and Harris will formally introduce and announce the team tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET, according to the transition team.

Many of their nominees will make history. Here's some more information on them:

  • Alejandro Mayorkas has been nominated to be Biden's secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and would be the first Latino to head the agency. Mayorkas, a former deputy secretary at DHS, will be tasked with rebuilding the department that the Trump administration used to enforce its draconian border policy, including family separation at the US-Mexico border.
  • Avril Haines, a former top CIA official and deputy national security adviser, has been nominated for director of national intelligence and would be the first woman to hold the powerful post.

Biden will tap former US Secretary of State John Kerry as a special presidential envoy on climate. Kerry is a champion of the Paris climate agreement, which Trump formally withdrew from. Kerry was Biden's pick to co-chair a "unity task force" on climate change with allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders after the Democratic presidential primary.

The transition team also confirmed CNN's previous reporting that Biden will pick Antony Blinken to be secretary of state,LindaThomas-Greenfieldto be ambassador to the United Nations and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.

Blinken, Biden's top foreign policy aide, previously served in a deputy role during the Obama administration. Sullivan is another veteran foreign policy hand, and Thomas-Greenfield is a career diplomat with deep experience in the foreign service.

Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfieldtweeted shortly after the announcement:

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