ANTONY BLINKEN: BIDEN EYEING UP FOR SECSTATE

November 24, 2020

Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken: President-elect Joe Biden has started the process of nominating members of his incoming Cabinet despite the fact that President Trump continues to mount legal challenges against the election. One of Biden’s first nominees is Antony Blinken for Secretary of State. Blinken is a longtime adviser in foreign policy, as Biden wants to send the message that the United States will restore longtime alliances that Trump had not prioritized.

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Biden Considering Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Politics news today first showed reports of Antony Blinken’s nomination from Bloomberg.com. Blinken was the deputy secretary of state and principal deputy national security adviser in the Obama Administration. He also worked as national security adviser to Biden while Biden was vice president.

In that role, he formulated much of the foreign policy of the Obama Administration. This included the fight against ISIS and the raid to assassinate Osama bin Laden, for which the administration received praise. However, he also played a significant role in the administration’s response to Russia annexing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, which was seen as a sign of weakness.

Should the Senate confirm Blinken, he will face the job of rebuilding relationships with many of the United States’ traditional allies who have taken umbrage at Trump’s “America First” campaign and confrontational communication style. Trump also viewed the State Department as part of an eponymous “Deep State” that was conspiring against him, letting unfilled jobs stay empty, so Blinken will be tasked with restaffing a department that had become a skeleton of its former self in terms of manpower.

Blinken served on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration and also filled such roles as the special assistant to the president, senior director for speechwriting, senior director for strategic planning and senior director for European affairs. He was also Clinton’s primary speechwriter on foreign policy. During the George W. Bush Administration, Blinken was the Democratic staff director for the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Biden chaired at that time. This nomination is viewed as a shift back toward normalcy in foreign relations for the United States government.

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