Thomas-Greenfield, a retired 35-year veteran of the foreign service who resigned during the Trump administration, will be the third African-American and second African-American woman to hold the job.
President Joe Biden says the Senate 'has a very important job to do" when it comes to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump (AP)President Joe Biden on impeachment, talks with China's Xi
The executive order, Biden told reporters on Wednesday is about making sure that the country can meet every challenge it faces in this new era -- pandemics, but also in defence, cybersecurity, climate change, and so much more.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods — a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production. However, Biden will also look to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain.Joe Biden signs order aimed at securing supply chains
“We know that the Taliban have had sanctuary in Pakistan. We know that they have an active diplomatic effort travelling to Moscow, travelling to Beijing, travelling to other countries. We know they travel in the Gulf. We know Iran has provided some material support,” he said.
President Joe Biden's first meeting with a foreign counterpart since taking office was high on policy and low on pomp Tuesday as the coronavirus forced him to convene virtually with Canada's Justin Trudeau. The two leaders - Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House and Trudeau in the prime minister's office in Ottawa met for almost two hours on issues ranging from the two countries' COVID-19 responses, climate change and economic issues.Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau vow to fight Covid-19, boost relations
Having made several significant overtures to Iran in its first weeks in office, the administration's outreach has been all but shunned by the Iranians. They had already rejected Biden's opening gambit: a U.S. return to the deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 if Iran resumes full compliance with its obligations under the accord.
U.S. President Joe Biden marked the "truly grim, heartbreaking milestone" of 500,000 deaths to COVID-19 in the United States. Speaking at the White House, Biden said the number of lives lost from the pandemic tops the combined death toll from World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Biden urged Americans to resist becoming "numb to the sorrow" and "viewing each life as a statistic." He says the people lost were "extraordinary."Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths
Biden said in an excerpt of a CBS interview aired Sunday that he has not spoken with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping since he became US president.
Biden said Friday that he hopes to travel to Texas next week but doesn't want his presence and the accompanying presidential entourage to distract from the recovery.
President Joe Biden is making clear that the world should expect a more diplomatically engaged United States moving forward, starting with him putting the brakes on Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany. Biden spoke at the State Department Thursday, where he told employees that U.S. diplomats "are the face of America." He also told them, "America is back."Joe Biden to diplomats: 'You are the face of America'
The fate of the nomination is now in the hands of a party Tanden has frequently criticized in the past, particularly moderate Republicans she has previously scorned. Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican senator in order to pass confirmation, with the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris needed to break a tie.
Biden ticked through a daunting to-do list - salvaging the Iran nuclear deal, meeting economic and security challenges posed by China and Russia and repairing the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic - that he said would require close cooperation between the U.S. and its Western allies.
The call with G7 leaders at 1400 GMT is a chance for Biden, a Democrat who took over as president from Republican Donald Trump on Jan. 20, to project a message of re-engagement with the world and with global institutions after four years of his predecessor's "America First" policies.
The Biden administration said Thursday it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign” that sought to isolate the Islamic Republic. The administration also took two steps at the United Nations aimed at restoring policy to what it was before Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.Joe Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuclear deal
President Joe Biden's proposed legislative overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, due to be formally introduced in Congress on Thursday, would be the largest in decades, but it faces steep odds.
Traders are advised to maintain a cautious approach as gold is expected to trade with a sideways to lower bias.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden's first call to Middle East leaders will be with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be soon." Psaki told reporters she did not have an exact day for the call. "Israel is of course an ally," she added.President Joe Biden's first Mideast call to be Netanyahu: White House
While Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump's hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn't lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.
Sonali Nijhawan has been named Director of AmeriCorps State and National, and Sri Preston Kulkarni, 42, was appointed the new Chief of External Affairs.
Rather than blacklisting Pakistan, the FATF has repeatedly kept Pakistan on its "Grey List" offering it just a little more time in the hope that Pakistani officials might both show they take countering terror finance seriously and that Pakistani civilian leader has the ability to rein in the country's security apparatus, reported The National Interest.
The Trump administration defended the cuts as protecting American jobs during the pandemic and said it sought to have refugees settle closer to their home countries while working on solving the crises that caused them to flee.
There’s nothing loony about putting a moon rock in the Oval Office.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to boost government buying from U.S. manufacturers. The executive order is among a flurry of moves by Biden during his first full week to publicly show he's taking swift action to heal an ailing economy.Joe Biden signs 'Buy American' executive order
In his first public address on the situation in Myanmar, which the US and several other western countries continue to call it by its previous name of Burma, Biden demanded that military must relinquish the power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma as expressed in their November 8th election.
The CEO and founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei called Tuesday for an open approach from new US President Joe Biden after the firm was battered by sanctions imposed by Donald Trump's administration.
Visually, the most obvious difference is that everyone now wears masks against Covid-19. A picture of Biden at the Resolute Desk on his first day, sporting a black mask, defined the new era.
Joe Biden held his wife Jill's hand as they strode up their new home's driveway Wednesday - which was the only normal thing about the day he became the president of the United States, reports AFP. Washington was under unprecedented security lockdown, cheering crowds absent because of America's out-of-control Covid outbreak and Donald Trump had only left the White House hours before.
He also expressed confidence that Biden will contribute to shaping a more peaceful world in which those suffering from "hunger", "disease" and "violence" will find help.
There are reasons to believe as president Biden will be more visible and more of an activist than many expect, even as he grapples with the pandemic, a massive economic recovery effort and the deep divisions left by the Trump era.
Migrants are awaiting word from the new Biden administration on changes to U.S. immigration policy that they hope will allow them into the country. Protesters gathered Tuesday on the US-Mexico border to demand that the new Biden administration reform immigration policy.Migrants await new Joe Biden immigration policies
President Joe Biden says the rescue plan he is pushing forward in Congress is the "answer to the crisis we are in." Biden's comments came shortly after meeting with the House Democratic committee chairs who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law.Rescue plan, 'answer to crisis we are in': Joe Biden
The nation's capital is essentially on lockdown. More than 25,000 troops and police have been called to duty. Tanks and concrete barriers block the streets. The National Mall is closed. Fencing lines the perimeter of the US Capitol complex. Checkpoints sit at intersections. The US Secret Service, which is in charge of the event, says it is prepared.
Under the proposal that Biden will send to Congress on his first day in office, current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as “Dreamers,” and others in temporary programs would be allowed to apply for permanent legal residency immediately.
US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to classified intelligence briefings, as is a tradition for past presidents, because of his "erratic behaviour".
The book will center on the younger Biden's well publicized struggles with substance abuse.
So the question — for many — is, would Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as it is known, help women get back to work, in addition to containing the spread of the virus?
Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, on Tuesday retweeted a post that said Biden had quietly extended invitations to Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and to Republicans Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to accompany him to a Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral.
"We've already said that we will not heed patronising statements of this sort. We will not do it," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Republicans remain poised to block most of Biden's proposals, just as they thwarted much of President Barack Obama's efforts on Capitol Hill. But 50-50 control permits action on special legislation that can’t be filibustered, and momentum for the popular parts of Covid-19 relief could easily propel an early aid bill into law.
The court also put off arguments that were to take place on March 1 over the Trump policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.
The US, President Joe Biden said, must meet the new moment accelerating global challenges -- from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation -- challenging the will only to be solved by nations working together and in common. "We cannot do it alone," he said.
US President Joe Biden at US State Department address said that they are in touch with their allies to bring together international community to address Burma military coup. He urged the Burmese military to relinquish power they have seized, release activists and resume telecommunications. Taking a dig on China, Biden said, “We will take on directly challenges posed to our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious competitor, China.”“We'll also confront their economic abuses. But we're ready to work with Beijing when it's in America's interest,” he further added. Joe Biden calls on Myanmar military to relinquish power, release detainees
"The United States will also seek to engage China on nuclear arms control and risk reduction. I hope that China will join us in that effort," said Wood, who also serves as U.S. Commissioner for the New START Treaty's Bilateral Consultative Commission.
US warships periodically conduct navigation exercises in the strait, often triggering angry responses from China which claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory. Beijing views any ships passing through the strait as essentially a breach of its sovereignty -- while the US and many other nations view the route as international waters open to all.
Biden told lawmakers in private comments Wednesday that he's "not married" to an absolute number for the overall package but wants them to "go big" on pandemic relief and "restore the soul of the country."
The president-elect campaigned on a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, but it was unclear how quickly he would move while wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other priorities.
"When it comes to China more broadly, you have heard us talk about our strategic approach to Beijing. We are in serious competition with China. Strategic competition is the frame through which we see that relationship," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his maiden news conference on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress. His orders on family separation, border security and legal immigration bring to nine the number of executive actions on immigration during his first two weeks in office.Joe Biden signs immigration orders to undo Trump rules
Willian Burns, 64, a former diplomat who served in Russia and the Middle East, shared the assessment with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the post of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director.
The former vice-president will have to grapple with a nation hard-hit by Covid-19: known infections have surpassed 23 million with almost 400,000 deaths recorded.
Biden on Monday pledged to "stand up for democracy" and threatened to re-impose sanctions gradually rolled back by former President Barack Obama after Myanmar's generals initiated democratic reforms and released many political prisoners a decade ago.
A military coup in Myanmar is presenting an early foreign policy test for President Joe Biden and his administration threatened new sanctions on the country as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. Myanmar's military staged a coup Monday and detained senior politicians including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — a sharp reversal of the significant if uneven, progress toward democracy the Southeast Asian nation has made following five decades of military rule.Myanmar coup will test Joe Biden's foreign policy wit
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Monday that it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation civics test beginning March 1, 2021.
According to the White House, the roadmap is a blueprint for the whole-of-government relationship, based on their shared values and commitment to work in partnership on areas of mutual concern, such as the recovery from COVID-19 and global health security, efforts to combat climate change and shared priorities in defence and security.
The Biden administration says it's taking creative steps to get broader public support for its $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan. That's as attempts to strike a deal with Republicans have led to concerns about delays in coronavirus relief. Departing the White House, for a visit to the Walter Reed Army Hospital, President Joe Biden told reporters: "The COVID relief has to pass, no if ands or buts."Covid plan must pass 'no ifs, ands or buts': Joe Biden
President Joe Biden is taking his first steps to reverse Trump administration health care policies. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Biden said he was signing two executive orders to "undo the damage Trump has done" to health care. Biden on Thursday signed directives on a range of issues including getting more Americans covered under health insurance.Joe Biden signs orders undoing 'damage Trump has done'
In multiple calls and statements, he and his top security officials have underscored support for allies Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, signalling Washington's rejection of China's disputed territorial claims in those areas.
Speaking just one day after lawmakers finally certified his election victory following the invasion of the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump, Biden announced he would next week unveil a relief program for the pandemic-ravaged economy.
There have been discussions at the White House about Trump leaving Washington on Jan. 19, a source familiar with the matter said.
US President Joe Biden toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant and delivered remarks on his administration's progress as extreme winter weather across the country handed his vaccination campaign its first major setback, delaying shipment of about 6 million doses. (Text: AP)Joe Biden tours Pfizer plant as extreme weather delays 6 mn COVID vaccine doses
Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending order ahead of a formal announcement.
The Nielsen company said that 33.8 million people watched Biden's inauguration over 17 television networks between 10 am and 4 pm last Wednesday. Reagan's festivities in 1981 drew 41.8 million viewers, and Obama's 2009 inaugural reached 37.8 million, Nielsen said.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi debuted at the G7 virtual leaders' meeting which was chaired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Unlike his immediate predecessors, Biden has not held out hope for a "reset" in relations with Russia but has instead indicated he wants to manage differences with the former Cold War foe without necessarily resolving them or improving ties. And, with a heavy domestic agenda and looming decisions needed on Iran and China, a direct confrontation with Russia is not something he seeks.
He will also call on G7 partners to prioritise a sustainable health security financing mechanism aimed at catalysing countries to build the needed capacity to end the pandemic and prevent the next one, the White House said.
The new order, which Biden signed in the Oval Office during a meeting with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, overturns a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office. It immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity.
Prominent among the executive orders include a strict enforcement of procuring products made inside the country by federal agencies. This is very significant given that contracting alone accounts for nearly USD 600 billion in federal spending.
The groups, which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as industry-specific associations representing General Motors Co, Caterpillar Inc and Medtronic PLC , among others, sent the letter as a shortage of semiconductors continues to disrupt U.S. automobile factories and threatens to lower the automakers' profits by billions of dollars.
Tehran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump, or Iran will take its biggest step yet to violate the nuclear deal -- banning short-notice inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration.
“There's no call planned,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.
With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that the nation's COVID-19 response is under new management and he's demanding progress to reduce infections and lift the siege Americans have endured for nearly a year. "We're in a national emergency and it is time we treated it like one," Biden said. President Joe Biden signs orders retooling US Covid-19 response
But hold on before you think America’s far right had a collective cathartic moment of self-reckoning. There were still hold-outs.
During the Presidential Inaugural Committee's official Asian American inaugural ball, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois said he is extremely happy that both Biden and Harris are finally able to take over leadership.
President Joe Biden spoke at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday night during "Celebrating America," a broadcast special to honor his inauguration. "I will give my all to you," Biden said during his remarks.Democracy has prevailed: Joe Biden addresses public from White House
Biden "understands the importance of cooperation among nations,'' said former Colombian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, who left office in 2018.
The new president plans additional immigration moves soon. On January 29 he will issue executive actions to restore US asylum protections, strengthen refugee processing and set up a task force to reunify families still separated by Trump's border policies, according to a memo shared with lawmakers and obtained by Reuters.
In his first hours as president, Joe Biden struck at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on climate change and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.President Joe Biden reverses Trump policies on climate change, coronavirus
At the oath taking ceremony of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, renowned singer Lady Gaga sang the national anthem of the country at the US Capitol, where the biggest democratic event took place. Lady Gaga sings US national anthem at Joe Biden inauguration ceremony
With his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his family for more than a century, Joe Biden took the oath of office administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts that binds the president to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Biden, who at age 78 is the oldest president to occupy the White House, first arrived in Washington as a young upstart. He was elected in 1972 at age 29 to the U.S. Senate from the state of Delaware and remained there for 36 years before serving from 2009 to 2017 as vice president under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, the first Black U.S. president.
A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington _ virtually or in-person _ to welcome the new administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a duo popular in Hollywood, where Donald Trump was decidedly not.
The 78-year-old six-term Democratic senator, who triumphed over Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential election, ran twice unsuccessfully for President - in 1988 and 2008.
Most offices in the surrounding buildings are closed, many boarded up with plywood to prevent damage in case violence breaks out Wednesday.
About 120 people joined the march in central Tokyo, with participants waving American and Japanese flags and holding banners claiming Trump was "the true winner" of the Nov. 3 election.
"This new dawn in America is the moment we've been awaiting for so long," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, hailing Biden's arrival as "resounding proof that, once again after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House."
The announcement makes Rachel Levine, a 64-year-old pediatrician, to be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Biden will sign 17 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as US leader to break from policies of departing President Donald Trump and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting Covid-19 and the economy.
The soon-to-be President of the United States Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday as he takes the role of the leader of a country that is struggling with a deepening political divide and a pandemic that is still consuming the world. Biden will be the oldest President of the US yet and the inauguration is set to be scaled-back not just because of rising cases but also because of the assault on Capitol Hill that took place not long ago.
America's approach to China has to evolve and essentially meet the reality of the particularly assertive and aggressive China that is being experienced now, Haines told lawmakers during her confirmation hearing for the post of Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday.
Biden's oath of office is the only essential. The Constitution sets out a 35-word oath for the new president. His speech will focus on how he will seek to make good on the theme he has chosen for the inauguration, ``America United''
Historians have put the challenges Biden faces on par with, or even beyond, what confronted Abraham Lincoln when he was inaugurated in 1861 to lead a nation splintering into civil war or Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he was sworn in during the depths of the Great Depression in 1933.
In an emotional farewell, President-elect Joe Biden promised that even as he departs for Washington, D.C. to be sworn in he will "always be a proud son of the state of Delaware." Speaking at an event at the National Guard headquarters in Delaware named for his late son, Beau, Biden's voice became thick with emotion as he told the crowd that "when I die, I've got Delaware written on my heart."Full of emotion, Joe Biden leaves Delaware home town for inauguration
Biden, who is known around the world for his stint as the vice president during the Obama administration, will be the oldest person ever sworn in as president of the country. He turned 78 in November 2020.
Biden wants to establish he ‘gets’ China. Names for top jobs in the National Security Council (NSC) are a signal. Some have things to prove and business to finish. They are neither ‘panda-huggers’ nor confrontationists, but they are definitely Beijing sceptics.
The former vice president has promised to appoint a cabinet that "looks like America", nominating former rival for the Democratic presidential candidacy Pete Buttigieg as the first openly gay cabinet secretary, at the Transportation Department.
Biden, who is known around the world for his stint as the vice president during the Obama administration, will be the oldest person ever sworn in as president of the country. He turned 78 in November.
A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump's restrictive policies and mass deportations.