Blinker Heads Short List for U.S. State Secretary Post
November 23, 2020 at 12:19 PM EST
More reports are circulating that veteran diplomat and longtime Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken is President-elect Joe Biden’s top choice to serve as Secretary of State. A transition official said that Blinken is the most likely candidate for the position but couldn’t confirm until Biden’s announcement. Blinken’s top government roles include serving as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 under former President Barack Obama and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. The same sources told media outlets that Biden’s first Cabinet selections will be in the diplomacy and national security realm. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday that Biden will begin announcing his Cabinet picks on Tuesday.