Mr Biden announced an all-female White House communications officer on Sunday, with Jennifer Psaki, a veteran of the Obama administration, in the most visible role as White House press secretary.
Kate Bedingfield, 39, who served as assistant campaign manager for Mr Biden, will serve as the White House’s communications director. Karine Jean Pierre, who previously served as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org, will be the Deputy Chief Press Officer. Pili Tobar, a former immigrant attorney with America’s Voice group, will serve as the White House’s deputy communications director.
Symone Sanders, a senior advisor to Mr Biden in the campaign, will serve as senior advisor and main spokesperson for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Ashley Etienne, a former senior advisor to Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, will serve as communications director for Ms. Harris.
The appointments indicate Mr. Biden’s plan to include racial, gender, and ideological diversity in top roles, and to deliver on an election promise to ensure that a large part of America is represented in political decisions.
However, they could fall short of the hopes of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which was frustrated that their views were not adequately represented in early recruitment decisions. In particular, the decision to choose Ms. Tanden, a divisive and partisan personality in the Democratic Party, could culminate in an intra-party struggle and a struggle for confirmation.
Republicans who are expected to retain control of the Senate are unlikely to easily overtake Ms. Tanden, an Indian who advised Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was one of the most outspoken critics of President Trump.
The transition of the president
Given her role in the 2016 election, she also faces a challenge from the Senate Democrats: Many of those who worked for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and ran against Ms. Clinton continue to believe that Ms. Tanden was part of a group of Democrats those behind them work the scenes to sink his nomination.