(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to add a senior official overseeing global health security as he remakes the White House National Security Council, restoring a government function cut by the Trump administration before the COVID-19 pandemic, his office said in a statement on Friday.
Biden will make broader national security changes, too, with his team installing an official with a broad mandate over Russia policy as well as a senior director for climate and energy.
The biodefense group was started by Trump predecessor Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president, to prevent pandemics.
The Trump administration disbanded the team and merged some of its members into other units in a move it said was intended to reduce organizational complexity.
Trump’s current national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, is among the officials who, according to sources, have considered resigning after Trump supporters occupied the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block Congress from certifying the presidential election results.
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