‘What’s the agenda, Joe?’ Socialist AOC slams ‘hazy’ Biden’s new cabinet and says it lacks ‘cohesive vision’ as he unveils Susan Rice as domestic police chief
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Wednesday that President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet lacks a ‘cohesive vision’
- ‘What’s the agenda? What is the overall vision going to be? I think that’s a little hazy,’ the New York Democrat said, according to Politico’s Playbook
- On Thursday, Biden announced a number of new picks, including Susan Rice, a foreign policy expert, as the head of his Domestic Policy Council
- He also put Tom Vilsack back atop the Agriculture Department and named Rep. Marcia Fudge, who wanted the Ag job, to lead Housing and Urban Development
- President Barack Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was selected to lead Veterans Affairs
- Katherine Tai, the chief trade lawyer for the House Ways & Means Committee, was selected by Biden to serve as U.S. Trade Representative
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she feared Joe Biden‘s cabinet lacks a ‘cohesive vision’ as the president-elect announced more picks on Thursday, including former U.N. Amb. Susan Rice to head up his domestic policy shop.
‘What is the agenda? What is the overall vision going to be?’ Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill, according to Politico Playbook. ‘I think that’s a little hazy.’
On Thursday morning, Biden’s transition team announced Rice – who also served as President Barack Obama‘s national security adviser – would become the director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Wednesday that she feared President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet lacks a ‘cohesive vision.’ ‘What is the agenda? What is the overall vision going to be?’ the New York Democrat asked
President-elect Joe Biden has borrowed heavily from President Barack Obama’s administration when making his picks, announcing a number of cabinet posts on Thursday that include several prominent names from the Obama era
The transition team announced Thursday that Susan Rice, the former ambassador to the United Nations and President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, would be the director of the Domestic Policy Council
Biden’s transition team also announced Thursday that Tom Vilsack (left) would again be secretary of Agriculture, a position Rep. Marcia Fudge (right) wanted. Fudge was named the incoming secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Biden also tapped Denis McDonough, who was Obama’s final White House chief of staff, to take over the Veterans Affairs department
Katherine Tai, the chief trade lawyer for the House Ways & Means Committee, was selected by Biden to serve as U.S. Trade Representative
In addition to that, Tom Vilsack would resume his post at the top of the Agriculture Department, a role he held during the Obama administration.
Obama’s final White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was named secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, who wanted the job at Agriculture, was named secretary of Housing and Urban Development instead.
Biden’s team also announced that Katherine Tai would serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Tai is the chief trade lawyer for the House Ways & Means Committee.
While Biden has said that his administration won’t be Obama’s third term, he’s borrowed heavily from the ranks of the last Democratic administration to fill his cabinet.
That has meant staffing his cabinet with older and more moderate picks, which haven’t necessarily excited Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive base.
‘I think it’s be great to see a more cohesive vision across the entire cabinet,’ she told reporters. ‘You have an individual appointment here, an individual appointment there.’
‘We can wrestle about whether they are bold enough or ambitious enough, espeically given the uncertainty and what kind of Senate we’re going to have,’ she continued.
The New York Democrat said she wanted to know ‘what is the overall message from the big picture in this entire cabinet put together.’
‘And what is the agneda for it, because we have a person who has a more conservative history, that’s one thing,’ she said of Biden.
AOC backed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary earlier this year.
‘But what is the mission that they are being given in their individual agency, whether it’s Transportation, Defense, OMB, etc.? What is the mandate here?’ she asked. ‘And, yeah, I just think that’s something that we’re looking to see is, it’s something that I hope will be pushed.’