The New Zealand United States Council today celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala
Harris and congratulated them on their emphatic victory in the electoral college and popular vote in November 2020.
The 2020 Presidential election was a modern day record turnout as nearly 156 million Americans exercised their right to
"President Biden’s Democratic Party has majorities in the House and Senate and he has a strong mandate to address the
most urgent crises and policy challenges faced by the United States and the world," NZUS Council chair, Leon Grice said.
"Many of the Biden Administration’s early priorities are priorities that New Zealand supports, starting with ending the
COVID-19 pandemic, an immediate return to the Paris Agreement on climate change and a multilateral foreign policy, trade
and security agenda.
"The NZUS Council is impressed with President Biden’s foreign policy and security nominations and appointments as they
have significant experience. We particularly welcome Kurt Campbell’s appointment to the new White House Indo Pacific
coordinator role reporting to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
"As a former assistant secretary of state, Kurt is a diplomat with deep Asia experience, a long-time friend of New
Zealand and an architect of the Obama Administration’s pivot to Asia," Mr Grice said.