U.S. President-elect Biden announces new appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced a series of appointments in his new administration ahead of his inauguration on 20 January.

Some of the latest appointments announced by the Biden Administration are Victoria Nuland as Deputy Secretary of State and Ike Hajinazarian as White House Regional Communications Director.

According to National Interest magazine, the appointment of Nuland signals that the Biden Administration plans to take stiffer approach to Russian than the outgoing Trump Administration.

Nuland, who speaks Russian, has served in the State Department for over 30 years and was the department’s supervisor for former Soviet republics.

The magazine noted that Nuland has already recommended Biden impose new sanctions on Russia and form a global front to curb Russian military aggression.

Hajinazarian has served as Regional Press Secretary for Western Pennsylvania for Biden’s campaign recently, after working on the campaign in communications roles during the primaries and general elections in New Hampshire, Nevada, Texas, Ohio, and other key states.

Hajinazarian also previously served at the Capitol as Assistant Press Secretary to Senator Joe Donnelly and Deputy Press Secretary of the Congressional Security Committee.

Since winning the 2020 Presidential Election, Biden has been quick to announce appointments to a number of key positions, many of the appointees have served under former President Barack Obama.