United States: Joe Biden to elect Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

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US President-elect Joe Biden plans to name veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as his secretary of state, a decision that could signal a return to multilateralism after Donald Trump departed from the traditional allies of the North American giant, local media reported this Sunday.

“Tony” Blinken, 58, is one of the Democrat’s top foreign policy aides and was already number two in the State Department under Barack Obama when Biden was vice president.

Former Obama White House national security adviser Susan Rice and Democratic Senator Chris Coons were the other candidates for the secretary of state.

The Washington Post and other media reported that the position of national security adviser will go to Jake Sullivan, another veteran Biden aide.

The president-elect is expected to make the announcement next Tuesday, when he will reveal the names of several members of his future government, according to what will be the White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, announced this Sunday.

The adviser did not want to specify, however, which positions Biden will announce, although the president-elect himself said last week that he has already decided who will fill the key position of secretary of the Treasury.

If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would replace Mike Pompeo, whose priorities at the forefront of US diplomacy included an uncompromising relationship with China and containment of Iran.

Blinken’s appointment as secretary of state could help reassure traditional allies of the North American power, sidelined – and sometimes insulted – by Trump.

A committed Europhile, New York-born Blinken went to high school in Paris, where his stepfather, a Holocaust survivor, practiced law and later worked as a lawyer in France.

With regard to Europe, Blinken believes that the United States should recognize the old continent as an ally “to turn to as a first resort, not the last, when facing challenges,” he said in a July talk at the Hudson Institute think tank.

He would also be in charge of Biden’s plans to re-integrate the United States into the Paris Agreement against climate change, the nuclear agreement with Iran and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In another appearance before the election, Blinken said that if Biden became president, he would increase the assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to address the root causes of illegal immigration to the north.

With information from AFP and EFE

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