President-elect Joe Biden made another cabinet selection on Monday, announcing that Jake Sullivan will serve as his National Security Adviser.
Sullivan worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was an advisor for Biden during the Obama administration.
The selection signals a Biden administration willing to negotiate with China, as Sullivan has, in the past, suggested America should be involved in their rise.
During a lecture in 2017, Sullivan told students at Lowy Institute that “we need to strike a middle course – one that encourages China’s rise in a manner consistent with an open, fair, rules-based, regional order.”
He later added that the United States policy towards China “needs to be about our ties to the region that create an environment more conducive to a peaceful and positive-sum Chinese rise.”
“US should encourage China’s rise, Biden national security pick Jake Sullivan says” https://t.co/2x28xTYkm6
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 24, 2020
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s Pro-China Views Square Perfectly With His Boss
Soon to be National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s views that the United States should help facilitate the rise of China should square nicely with the President-elect’s own views.
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Biden’s many decades as a politician have been filled with instances of him defending China.
Touting his foreign policy credentials on the campaign trail in March, Biden recalled how he once told former President Barack Obama that “China is not our problem.”
“China is going to eat our lunch?” Biden scoffed at a rally shortly after he announced his candidacy. “Come on, man.”
#OnThisDay last year Joe Biden reminded us why he would be the worst choice to stand up to China & fight for American workers.
“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man… they’re not bad folks, folks… They’re not competition for us.”pic.twitter.com/5jMQe6DUnq
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) May 1, 2020
Biden more recently has failed repeatedly to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic.
His newly-tapped Chief of Staff Ron Klain praised China’s authoritarian government for its response to the virus, heralding the fact that it “built hospitals in two or three days.”
Joe Biden’s campaign adviser Ron Klain praised China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak because they “built hospitals in two or three days.”
This is far from the first time that Biden and members of his campaign have praised China. pic.twitter.com/0QkKRqxjqP
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 19, 2020
Biden’s Team is Amounting to an All-Star Collection of Failures
Aside from Sullivan and Klain’s failures on China, Biden also appointed John Kerry as his special presidential envoy for climate.
“It’ll be an honor to work with our allies and partners, alongside rising young leaders in the climate movement, to tackle the climate crisis with the seriousness and urgency it deserves,” Kerry celebrated in a tweet.
John Kerry, who is nominated for a new position as special presidential envoy for climate: “To end this crisis, the whole world must come together…All nations must raise ambition together, or we will all fail together. And failure is not an option.” https://t.co/qiBtVAm8ia pic.twitter.com/k3dI65dFsc
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 24, 2020
We’ll just have to hope Kerry is more effective at dealing with climate change than he was in dealing with peace in the Middle East.
Which he said was impossible.
Even though President Trump negotiated three separate peace deals in the region.
John Kerry with a 2016 Middle East take that aged like milk in a sauna. pic.twitter.com/2Vae6yDJFt
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) September 16, 2020
And hopefully, he’ll be better at navigating the perils of climate change more so than he was in dealing with ISIS terrorists.
President-elect Joe Biden has named John Kerry as his “climate czar.”
In 2015, as secretary of state, he brought James Taylor to Paris after terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. pic.twitter.com/hpm4A3GMew
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 23, 2020
Biden also recently named Richard Stengel to his transition team for Global Media.
Stengel, a former MSNBC political analyst until he was named to Biden’s transition team, argued in an op-ed last year that the First Amendment needed redefining and that “hate speech” should be a crime.
Stengel also appeared in a video that went viral in 2018 after he claimed he is “not against” propaganda and joked that he once served as the State Department’s “chief propagandist.”
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 11, 2020
“Basically, every country creates their own narrative story and, you know, my old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the ‘chief propagandist’ job,” he told a panel at the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) thinktank.
“We haven’t talked about propaganda,” he continued. “I’m not against propaganda. Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population, and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”
Do you know who else thinks that? The Chinese Communist Party that soon-to-be National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says should rise with the help of America.
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