President Biden plans to announce that he has selected R. Nicholas Burns, a senior foreign service official and former ambassador to NATO, as his ambassador to China and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles as his ambassador to India with the trial.
Mr Biden has also selected Thomas R. Nides, a Morgan Stanley vice chairman who served as assistant secretary of state under President Barack Obama, as ambassador to Israel.
Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Mayor and Chief of Staff to Mr. Obama, who had developed a close relationship with Mr. Biden as Vice President, was selected as Ambassador to Japan. And Ken Salazar, a former Senator from Colorado and Secretary of the Interior in the Obama administration, is said to have been selected as ambassador to Mexico.
Mr Biden has been reviewing lists of names for some of the key jobs for months and has been deeply interested and involved in the selection process, administrative officials said. And many of the nominees for coveted ambassadorships were offered the positions weeks or months ago.
However, the administration has delayed announcing the selection for several reasons. Rather than revealing the names one by one, officials plan to reveal a multitude of nominees, according to those involved in the process. The government hopes to move beyond racial and gender diversity and focus on signaling foreign service officials that they are valued by reducing the number of posts given to campaign donors.
Another reason for the delay is that many of the selected people are still doing time-consuming background and financial reviews as part of the rigorous review process. The Biden government had initially hoped to postpone its first list of candidates until mid-April, an official said.
A White House official declined to comment on the date on Wednesday, saying none of the names are final until the government made an official announcement.
Others applying for key positions include Cindy McCain – the widow of Senator John McCain of Arizona – who is allegedly Mr. Biden’s choice as ambassador for the United Nations World Food Program, and Mark Gitenstein, a former ambassador to Romania and a close friend by Mr Biden, who is to be considered as ambassador to the European Union.
Mr Biden is also considering appointing Mark Brzezinski, who served as ambassador to Sweden during the Obama administration, as his ambassador to Poland, according to people familiar with the process. Mr. Brzezinski is the brother of Mika Brzezinski, a host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and the son of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security advisor under President Jimmy Carter.