With help from Allie Bice
Welcome to POLITICO’s 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration
President JOE BIDEN has said his administration is “not a third Obama term.”
Many of the people he’s brought on for his first term, however, are from Obama’s two.
That is especially true on the foreign policy front, where veterans of the Obama administration are the ones now trying to construct a “Biden doctrine.”
At least 16 of the top political appointees on Biden’s National Security Council served in the Obama administration, several of them on the NSC itself. The top ranks of the State Department are also stocked with many Obama administration veterans including Secretary of State TONY BLINKEN; WENDY SHERMAN, Biden’s deputy secretary nominee; and BRIAN McKEON, a longtime Biden aide who’s been nominated as deputy secretary for management and resources.
The Biden team and Biden himself have argued that the administration will…
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