Biden Reportedly Settles on Secretary of State

Sources say president-elect will name Antony Blinken
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2020 12:59 AM CST
Biden Reportedly Settles on Secretary of State
In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

(Newser) – Joe Biden has apparently settled on his secretary of state nominee. As reported by outlets including the AP, CNN, the New York Times, and Bloomberg, sources say Biden will name Antony J. Blinken, a longtime aide and his closest foreign policy adviser. Blinken, 58, launched his career at the State Department while Bill Clinton was president; during Barack Obama's administration, he served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser. Biden's incoming chief of staff said Sunday that the president-elect will start announcing members of his Cabinet on Tuesday. He is expected to nominate Jake Sullivan, also a close aide, as national security adviser. (The AP explains why other top secretary of state contenders could have been "thorny" to get confirmed.)

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