|Sunday, 17 February 2019|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-11-18
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Obama Forms White House TeamNewly elected US President Barack Obama is bound to name his associates to be appointed to key government posts, as well as the new treasury secretary, since he has to address one of the worst financial crisis that has broken out. A day after his landslide win, he has started forming his administration. The first names expected to make up his White House team have already leaked, and what has been confirmed is that the developments in economy cannot wait for 76 days, when he is to officially assume power. In the meantime, the Democrats won yet another seat in the Senate, raising their majority to 57.
Timothy Geithner, the current head of the New York Federal Reserve, and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, are likely contenders for the Treasury Secretary.
Obama is also likely to name Rahm Emanuel, Bill Clinton's former aide, chief-of-staff.
Obama has already formed a transition group to form the new administration. The team is run by John Podesta, a former chief-of-staff to President Bill Clinton; Pete Rouse, who was Mr Obama's Senate chief-of-staff; and close friend Valerie Jarrett.
For secretary of state, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry, former diplomat Richard Holbrooke, outgoing Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel and former Georgia Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn are among the names in the mix.
James Steinberg, a former Clinton adviser, is a top contender for national security adviser. Susan Rice, another former Clinton aide, could be considered for that job or another senior post.
Obama also relies heavily on three foreign policy experts on his campaign staff who are likely to end up in the White House or State Department. Those three aides are Mark Lippert and Denis McDonough, both former Senate aides, and Ben Rhodes, Obama's foreign policy speechwriter.
With wars under way in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama might consider keeping Robert Gates on as secretary of Defense. He might also consider tapping former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, a close adviser.
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