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Biden poised to make first Cabinet announcements next week, eager to respond to Trump's sabotage attempts

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President-elect Joe Biden has expedited the selection of his Cabinet and is planning to make the first of several key announcements next week, an official said, as part of a concerted effort to show that he is moving forward despite President Donald Trump's increasingly brazen attempts to sabotage the election.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has expedited the selection of his Cabinet and is planning to make the first of several key announcements next week, an official said, as part of a concerted effort to show that he is moving forward despite President Donald Trump's increasingly brazen attempts to sabotage the election.

On Thursday, Biden said he has settled on his choice for Treasury secretary, but officials said he's also reached a decision -- or is on the cusp of doing so -- on other critical Cabinet posts, a few of which are expected to be announced before Thanksgiving.

Monday and Tuesday are being eyed as tentative days for the first introductions of members of Biden's Cabinet, an official said, with others coming later.

But three officials close to the Biden transition declined to say whether Brainard was the final choice, saying it is a closely held decision that the President-elect would likely reveal right after Thanksgiving.

But Biden could announce his choice for secretary of state as soon as next week, officials said, along with another Cabinet post.

"There is a desire to convey that we are governing, operating and up and running," an official close to the transition said, explaining the urgency facing Biden's team in the wake of Trump's antics.

Biden has been interviewing prospective Cabinet members virtually, with one or two exceptions, officials said, as serious steps are being taken to safeguard his health in light of the surging cases of coronavirus.

"This is all expedited more than we thought it would be," an official said, noting that Biden was projected as the winner less than two weeks ago.

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