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Schumer meets with Biden national security picks

Added 12-01-20 03:57:03pm EST - “Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden's intended nominees for secretary of State and director of national intelligence, praising the two in a stateme” - Thehill.com

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday met virtually with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE’s intended nominees for secretary of State and director of national intelligence, praising the two in a statement while levying attacks against the Trump administration’s foreign policy record. 

Schumer said he had a “productive conversation” with Antony Blinken, a longtime Biden foreign policy adviser, and Avril Haines, former deputy director of the CIA and principal deputy national security adviser under former President Obama. Biden announced last week his intention to nominate the two for the top U.S. diplomatic and intelligence positions, respectively. 

Schumer said that Tuesday’s conversation particularly focused on urging “the incoming Biden administration to be tough on China, but in a much smarter, multilateral way than the Trump administration was so that American workers aren’t left behind and so the U.S. leads in critical industries like semiconductors, quantum computing, and clean energy.” 

The Trump administration has since 2018 engaged in a trade war with China, imposing tariffs and trade barriers on the country, as well as companies that conduct business there. 

On Monday, Reuters reported that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE was preparing to add China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to his list of blacklist companies for allegedly being controlled by China’s military. 

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