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Biden wants to nominate Antony Blinken as foreign minister

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The elected US president wants to announce the first decisions about his cabinet. The State Department is supposed to be headed by a former employee of Barack Obama.

According to media reports, the elected US President Joe Biden wants to nominate his advisor Antony Blinken as Secretary of State. Biden will probably introduce the 58-year-old as the future chief diplomat on Tuesday, reported the New York Times and the Bloomberg news agency.

Blinken had recently attended a national security briefing with Biden and the elected Vice President Kamala Harris and made public statements on foreign policy issues. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. Blinken is seen as a representative of several former security officials who advocated strengthening US diplomacy and global engagement.

Blinken was already Deputy Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. He is also a long-time confidante of Biden, whom he advises on foreign policy issues. Blinken is considered an advocate of multilateralism. His nomination as Mike Pompeo’s successor would signal a U-turn in US foreign policy. The elected President Donald Trump, whose motto is “America first”, is very critical of multilateralism.

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