Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first cabinet meeting will be used to promote him New infrastructure plan, But the rally will look very different from the one held by his predecessor.
In the first place, the full cabinet does not meet in the named room on Thursday, but instead gathers in the more spacious East Room to allow for social distance. All participants, including the president, wear masks. Also, the afternoon meeting probably does not include a full tribute to the CEO who came to define the Cabinet meeting held by President Donald Trump.
The timing of the first meeting was cautious. A week after the full cabinet was confirmed, the day after Biden announced its infrastructure plan. This will dominate Washington throughout the summer and could shape the midterm elections next year.
With the plan just beginning to sell, the focus of the conference will continue to emphasize how the package will help the government as a whole and the benefits of the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout bill that Biden signed this month. Said Andrew Bates, Deputy Press Secretary of the White House.
Former officials say modern cabinet meetings are more about setting administrative policies than ensuring that all government agencies are on the same page. The session is also an opportunity for the president to clarify his priorities and values. Policy debates are generally reserved for small, thematic gatherings of cabinet bureaucrats and senior advisers, such as the National Security Council and the National Policy Council.
“As the federal government has become more complex year by year, the role of the cabinet has evolved,” said Chris Lu, president’s first secretary to the Prime Minister Barack Obama. “In addition to serious policy debates, the Cabinet meeting is an opportunity for the president to give a broader picture of how his team should run.”
“Meetings help adjust priorities, boost morale, and build relationships with colleagues that ministers don’t normally see,” Lu said.
All 16 permanent members of the Cabinet, Vice President and Head of the Executive Department, will be in direct attendance, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Pentagon Secretary Lloyd Austin. So are officials ranked in other cabinets, such as White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.
Budget manager Shalanda Young will be present as Biden’s first option, Neera Tanden, withdrew her nomination in opposition to the Senate. Biden is also waiting for confirmation that Eric Lander will become director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This is the position that the president has been promoted to the cabinet.
Biden faced a question as to why his cabinet head did not include Asian Americans. The White House emphasized that the cabinet is the most diverse in history. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will be attending Thursday.
The CIA Director was under Trump, so he is not in the Cabinet rank position of the Biden administration. President Obama’s first cabinet did not include the Director of the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, or the Director of the Small and Medium Business Administration.
According to the White House, a total of 25 people will participate. Given that the pandemic has reduced inauguration and other social gatherings, it is the first time for some to meet other members of the cabinet.
Scheduling a direct cabinet meeting usually requires weeks, if not months, of plans to block the time of travel schedules for different principals. However, due to the pandemic, most remain in Washington.
Officials said ministers would soon begin to fan out nationwide to market both the COVID-19 bailout and infrastructure plans. Since almost all members of the presidential line of succession are in one room, special notices are usually given to the Speaker of the House and the Speaker of the Senate to ensure that one of them is in a safe place.
The Trump Cabinet meeting was praised by attendees as “dear leaders” and became known for the high level of worship of the president.
At his first full cabinet meeting in June 2017, Vice President Mike Pence said, “It is the greatest privilege of my life to be the Vice President of the President who keeps his words to the American people. It all started with the declaration.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus went on to declare, “Thank you for the opportunity and blessings to serve your agenda.”
From there, each minister tried to outperform the other members by praising the president with a smile and nodding as the camera rotated.
According to officials, the White House press pool exists for Biden’s remarks, but will probably be guided from the room before other speakers begin.