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Biden To Appoint John Kerry As ‘Climate Czar’ And Add Him To The National Security Council

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President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former presidential candidate John Kerry as “Climate Czar” as well as add Kerry to the National Security Council, the Biden transition team announced Monday.

Kerry will serve as both Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and sit on the National Security Council, NBC News reported, “reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.”

Seventy-six-year-old Kerry also served as a secretary of state for former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: Obama Jokes That Navy Seals Could Extract Trump From The White House)

“We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” Biden said in a statement, according to the Times. “I need a team ready on Day 1 to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team.”

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA - FEBRUARY 01: Former Secretary of State John Kerry (R) greets Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event on February 01, 2020 in North Liberty, Iowa. With two days to go before the 2020 Iowa Presidential caucuses, Joe Biden is campaigning across Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA – FEBRUARY 01: Former Secretary of State John Kerry (R) greets Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative” the former vice president added. “Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits — or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them.”

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