WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will head former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development, according to transition officials, signaling a dramatic new direction for US foreign aid. Will designate
Biden is also expected to increase Power’s role by increasing his membership position in the National Security Council.
In a prepared statement obtained by NBC News, Biden called Power “a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity”.
“As an Administrator of USAID,” Biden said, “he along with our partners will face the Kovid-19 epidemic, raise vulnerable communities, fight for the value of every human being, and advance American ideals and interests worldwide Will work for
If he is confirmed by the Senate, Power will have plenty to rebuild. Under President Donald Trump, the agency’s budget has been reduced and career development experts have been replaced by political appointees with little experience in the field.
In the administration’s proposed budget last year, foreign aid and USAID funds were cut by 22 percent. Trump officials defended the cuts, saying they are looking to other countries to meet global needs.
Trump’s budget cuts other State Department accounts for refugees, an epidemic and global health among other humanitarian programs, even if foreign aid is less than 1 percent of the federal budget. Republicans and Democrats in Congress rejected the proposal, but development experts said the signal sent to the poorest countries already left its mark.
The administration has been widely criticized for filling major slots with political appointments at USAID. On Friday following the 2020 election, the White House abruptly fired Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, who was confirmed by the Senate, to have told her by the end of the day to step out of her office.
Officials gave no explanation of the shootings to reporters, but had he not given up, he would automatically be the executive administrator of the Trump administration’s agency, John Barsa, a political appointee whose term as caretaker administrator ended at midnight Was determined to be handled automatically on the same day under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.
Recently, the Washington Post reported that USAID employees were laid off when the federal government sent the first round of coronovirus vaccination to the State Department last month. Although the vaccine dose went to 1,100 State Department employees, none went to USAID until last week.
Morel flared after the attack on the Morel Capitol when the agency’s White House liaison, former Trump campaign official Catherine O’Neill, tweeted in criticism of any Trump officials who were considering resigning.
Axios also received audio announcing the week after the election: “The election is still taking place. The Electoral College has not yet voted.”