Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is reportedly getting ready to ask Vice President Joe Biden to join her staff if elected president – as secretary of state.
After serving two terms as President Barack Obama’s right-hand man, Biden is being considered for the role as America’s chief foreign diplomat by Clinton’s campaign, which is closely looking at his past experience as the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee – a position he held before deciding to serve under Obama at the White House eight years ago.
Despite the news, neither the former first lady nor any of her aides have approached Biden yet about the proposition – as an unnamed source indicated that the Clinton campaign is still considering the best way to offer the former Senator from Maryland the position.
“He’d be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” an unnamed source told Politico.
Even though Biden was seriously considering competing against the former first lady for the presidency earlier in the election season, he has spent recent months vigorously campaigning to put Clinton in the White House.
“Throughout the course of the campaign, Biden has been deployed internationally to ease concerns some foreign leaders may have about a potential Donald Trump presidency,” TheBlaze reported.
In the wake of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blasting the former President Bill Clinton’s North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO) – and his wife’s support of it – at the third and last presidential debate, Biden has worked as an agent to assure European leaders that the United States would still intend on honoring its agreements under another Clinton administration.
“In August, [Biden] went to Latvia to insist to NATO allies that the U.S.’s commitment to them will remain strong, despite Trump’s insistence that the alliance is no longer in the best interest of the country,” TheBlaze’s Tré Goins-Phillips informed. “In an appearance in Toledo earlier this week, Biden said he recently spoke to the Latvian president, who asked him to reassure European allies that NATO will defend them if Russia were to attack.”
Biden would be Clinton’s first selection for a major Cabinet position – and a very important one considering that the current vice president would be assuming the role that she filled while illegally using her personal email server to conduct high-security government business abroad.
The career politician’s differences with Clinton that surfaced while she served under him from 2009 to 2013 as secretary of state also makes him a questionable choice.
“Biden would be an interesting choice, given the two lawmakers have frequently clashed on foreign policy matters,
Goins-Phillips asserted. “She’d also be choosing someone with whom she repeatedly clashed as secretary of state, with the vice president often playing the skeptic while she supported more aggressive action.”
In fact, the then secretary of state and Biden had many conflicts of interest regarding Arab relations while serving together under the Obama administration’s first term.
“They differed over leaving troops in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and whether to arm Syria’s rebels and bomb Libya – and Clinton took the more hawkish line in every case,” Goins-Phillips continued. “During the Obama administration’s lengthy review of Afghanistan policy early in his tenure, for instance, a skeptical Biden urged the president not to escalate the war, while Clinton backed Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops.”
Biden – who has publicly aired his dislike and contempt for Clinton’s White House rival in the months past – has been notorious throughout his vice presidency for schoolyard rhetoric and careless comments, and recently returned to form by suggesting that he would beat up Trump in a fight “behind the gym” if they were both in high school together.
While campaigning for Clinton and blasting her Republican contender, Biden told a crowd that he might have other plans after leaving Obama’s side at the White House – instead of continuing his four-decade career in politics.
“I may write a book,” Biden recently voiced on the Hillary 2016 campaign trail. “This might disappoint you: It won’t be a tell-all book.”
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