As the first 100 days of the presidency come to a close this week, a number of editorial positions and sensitive issues remain being evaluated to use the White House terminology.
They stretch from controversial economic issues a generation in the making to deep down politics introduced by the Democratic Presidential Biden administration, which preceded the Republican Donald Trump presidency.
Many connect to China, the U.S. strategic competitor, a rival that Biden has lit up in a discourse to Congress on Wednesday as a struggle between democracy and autocracy for control of global economy in the 21 st century.
The Biden Administration began to flesh out an overarching strategy to compete with China, which relies on renewing relations with partners like Japan and South Korea, and heavy domestic investment.
But critics say that slow review of specific policies could cost U.S. companies and economy.
After Obama’s speech, Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters that I don’t believe we have a comprehensive strategy to deal with a China that will eventually dominate the world.
We don’t have the luxury of time to sit and marvel at the problem, said a Republican aide in the House of Representatives, speaking on condition of anonymity.What are the things I need to develop into a concrete program is working as a part of this process?
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the Republican views on their policy review process.Democrats privately argue, however, that the administration is still racing to get crucial jobs filled.
Biden has yet to name an ambassador to China and many other countries or to fill a key post in the United States Bureau of Industry and Security, which supervises exports of the most critical U.S. technology to China.
In cooperation with China, the Administration officials have said they would try to add more targeted restrictions on some sensitive technology exports to China, but have not offered further details.
The Trump AdministrationTrump Administration has said it will conduct a thorough review of U.S. tariffs imposed by the Biden administration on about $400 billion worth of Chinese goods, but has not defined a deadline.
In a recent interview, American Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that the United States was not ready to lift the duties in part because of the leverage it gives American negotiators.
The tariffs cost US manufacturers $80 billion, the think tank Tax Foundation reported last September.China is behind on securing contracts to buy US goods under an aside from January 2020 trade deal.
In February Biden launched a 100 days review of the risks to rare supply chains and cited the United States need for secure, diverse, dependable goods in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, electric vehicle batteries and critical earth minerals.
The Defense, Commerce, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services departments are expected to submit reports addressing supply chain resiliency due one year after the February order.
The Obama administration has also not addressed how it will use a tough sanctioning tool introduced by Trump that would prohibit U.S. investments in Chinese companies that the previous administration said were owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
The Biden administration has signaled for weeks that they are finalizing a comprehensive review of North Korea.A senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity said that on Wednesday the administration was closer to the beginning of the review than we are to the end, but offered no details.
The White House has shared little about the review and whether it will offer concessions to get Pyongyang to return to the talks.It has simultaneously said a diplomatic line on human rights, denuclearization and sanctions while making diplomatic overtures which officials say have been rebuffed by Pyongyang, which has long demanded economic sanctions relief.
During the 2020 presidential campaign and aides promised to reverse parts of Trump's harsh measures against Cuba, and they have said they are especially looking at Trump's last-minute decision to design Havana as a State Sponsor of Terror.
The new administration appears to be in no rush, however.And any major move of this type would risk a backlash against the Republican district of Florida before the midterm elections of 2022.Trump's hard-line approach was popular among the large Cuban-American population in the Miami area, helping him win the state in November while he lost the presidential election.
Among the other issues still being debated are how to craft a new policy on Cuba, where Trump's maximum pressure campaign of sanctions failed to dislodge socialist President Nicolas Maduro and how to close the international condemned U.S. military prison for foreign suspects at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Venezuela.