Biden to name his first Cabinet with Antony Blinken tipped for secretary of state nomination

ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as Joe Biden’s incoming secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning.

The 58-year-old, who has close ties with the president-elect, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama‘s administration.

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Antony Blinken is expected to be chosen as President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state, a transitional official said on Sunday[/caption]

A transitional official told NBC News on Sunday that Blinken is the most likely person to be chosen for the position, but couldn’t confirm the nomination until Biden‘s announcement.

The Veteran diplomat served as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.

Biden’s first Cabinet selections will be in the areas of diplomacy and national security, a source familiar with transition planning told the news outlet.

Transitional advisers have said they’ll make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday.

Nominating Blinken would help Biden avoid issues that could have affected the Senate confirmation of two of his short list candidates to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen Chris Coons.

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The 58-year-old diplomat served in the Obama Administration from 2013 to 2017 as deputy national security and deputy secretary of state[/caption]

Rice has been a longtime target of Republicans and Coons departure from the Senate would put Democrats in an untenable position to possibly gain control of the senate after the two January runoff elections in Georgia.

Blinken recently participated in a national security briefing with Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and has weighed in publicly on foreign policy issues in Egypt and Ethiopia.

He has aligned himself with numerous former senior national security officials who have called for an overhaul in American diplomacy and a stronger emphasis on global engagement.

“Democracy is in retreat around the world, and unfortunately it’s also in retreat at home because of the president taking a two-by-four to its institutions, its values and its people every day,” Blinken told The Associated Press in September.

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Blinken has called for a stronger emphasis on America’s global engagement[/caption]

“Our friends know that Joe Biden knows who they are. So do our adversaries. That difference would be felt on day one.”

The Harvard University and Columbia Law School graduate has been a longtime figure in Democratic foreign policy.

He served on the National Security Council during Bill Clinton‘s administration before becoming staff director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Biden chaired the panel.

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