New: The Middle East is "not in the top 3" of Biden's foreign policy priorities, said a close adviser, reflecting that "the issues demanding our attention have changed as great power competition [w/China & Russia] is resurgent.” Latest with @laraseligman:…
The potential appointment of a Bernie Sanders adviser, Matt Duss, to a position at State is causing some friction over direction of policy toward the region--another close Biden adviser said he opposed it, arguing that it signaled a willingness to forgo assertive U.S. leadership.
But @RepMalinowski said that's overblown. Biden “wants folks...who represent different strains of thought within the broad democratic party coalition. It doesn’t change the commitments he has made or the convictions that define him, it just means there will be healthy debate.”

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