Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, announced in a “virtual fundraiser” this week that he is already beginning the process of building a White House transition team, according to CNN.
When a donor asked if Biden would restaff a federal government that has been significantly reduced under President Trump, Biden said that the process “has already begun.” He said that he began early work on the transition team sometime last month, before he became the presumptive nominee following the withdrawal of his final and biggest opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Biden did not name anyone who would be running the transition team, but assured his donors that it would consist of “first-rate” people, while also hinting at the possibility of announcing some of his planned Cabinet nominees before the general election in November.
Biden is expected to announce his running mate soon. He has already pledged that his nominee for vice president will be a woman, and the shortlist includes former presidential candidates and senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as the controversial governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitman (D-Mich.).