The New York Times reports:
Antony J. Blinken, a defender of global alliances and one of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s closest foreign policy advisers, is expected to be nominated for secretary of state, a job in which he will attempt to coalesce skeptical international partners into a new competition with China, according to people close to the process.
Mr. Blinken, 58, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama and a guitar aficionado, began his career at the State Department during the Clinton administration. His extensive foreign policy credentials are expected to help calm American diplomats and global leaders alike after four years of the Trump administration’s ricocheting strategies and nationalist swaggering.
He has been at Mr. Biden’s side for nearly 20 years, including as his top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later as Mr. Biden’s national security adviser when he was vice president.
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Tony Blinken is one of the finest public servants I’ve ever known. Brilliant, thoughtful, honest and experienced-really a splendid choice.https://t.co/i41ZHVzK8Q
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 23, 2020
Tony Blinken, Biden’s Secretary of State choice, was Deputy Secretary of State during the Obama Administration and is approximately 1000x more qualified for the role than Pompeo and Tillerson combined.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 23, 2020
What great news for a battered State Department. Tony Blinken will be a great Secretary of State and make America proud🇺🇸
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 23, 2020