Biden was asked by NBC News’ Lester Holt during his first interview since being projected the winner of the presidential election, “What do you say to those who are wondering if you’re trying to create a third Obama term?”
“This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,” Biden responded during Tuesday’s interview.
The former vice president continued, “President Trump has changed the landscape. It’s become America First. It’s been America alone. We find ourselves in a position where our alliances are being frayed.”
He added, “That’s why I’ve found people who join the administration and keep points that represent the spectrum of the American people as well as the spectrum of the Democratic Party.”
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Asked if he has considered nominating a Republican who voted for President Donald Trump to join his Cabinet, Biden said, “Yes, and we still have a lot more appointments to make. I want this country to be united.”
He added that the American people should not expect an announcement of a Republican nomination soon.
Biden announced key members of his national security and foreign policy team this week. One of Biden’s picks, Antony Blinken, was tapped to be the national security adviser — Blinken served as deputy secretary of state in Obama’s administration and as national security adviser to Biden when he was vice president.