Biden Nominates Flynn Unmasker Samantha Power to Lead USAID

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2021

U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, on Wednesday announced he nominated former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director for National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough we're also on the list of officials who made unmasking requests.

If confirmed by the Senate, Ms Power will head the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which has an annual budget of about $20bn.

"Power will rally the worldwide community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time - including Covid-19, climate change, global poverty, and democratic backsliding", Mr Biden's transition team said in a statement. Power served as United Nations ambassador from 2013 to 2017.

Power's tenure in the Obama administration was controversial.

"I know firsthand the unparalleled knowledge and tireless commitment to principled American engagement she brings to the table", Biden said, "and her expertise and perspective will be essential as our country reasserts its role as a leader on the world stage".

Outgoing president Donald Trump has been a staunch critic of foreign aid, saying the United States should focus on itself, although bipartisan coalitions in Congress have rejected his more drastic proposals of cuts.

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