With bipartisan support, the Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as the new secretary of state on Tuesday. The final vote was 78 to 22. Blinken, 58, was earlier approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
As the top U.S. diplomat, Blinken will face a number of national security challenges, including how to deal with China, Russia and Iran. Blinken has vowed to restore American leadership to the global stage. One of the first acts of the Biden administration was to start the process to rejoin the Paris climate accord.
Blinken has a long history with President Biden, previously serving as his adviser both in the White House and the Senate before becoming deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration.
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Antony Blinken was confirmed as secretary of State today, taking the reins of U.S. foreign policy amid major global challenges and following years of turmoil at the State Department.https://t.co/ZBQzKoaIT8
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