Biden urges speedy confirmation for national security team as GOP grumbles

WILMINGTON, Delaware President-elect Joe Biden urged the Senate not to stand in the way of his Cabinet picks as he introduced his key national security appointments, even as a number of senior Republicans signaled their opposition.

Speaking for the first time since the General Services Administration triggered the formal transition on Monday, Biden said he wanted to install his team rapidly to tackle the pandemic and other challenges facing the country.

His choices, drawn heavily from the Democratic foreign policy establishment, brought swift condemnation from several Senate Republicans. And with Republicans intent on retaining control of the Senate with runoffs in Georgia,
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