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Biden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE's longtime aide Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenProgressive groups call for Biden to denounce evictions of Palestinians as 'war crimes' Why women make great diplomats — tales from a 'tough-girl negotiator' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted MORE will be his nominee to lead the State Department, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.

Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of State between 2015 and 2017, has also served the former vice president as an adviser for years and in 2008 worked on Biden's bid for the Democratic nomination, which he eventually lost to former President Obama.

The Biden campaign declined to comment to Bloomberg. The president-elect is expected to announce his initial round of Cabinet picks in the coming days.

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"You're going to see the first of the president's cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week, meeting the pace of — beating in fact — the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the pace set by the Trump transition. So you're gonna see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday," said Ron Klain, Biden's chief of staff, on Sunday during an interview with ABC.

Bloomberg also reported Sunday that Jake SullivanJake SullivanHouse lawmakers roll out bill to invest 0 million in state and local cybersecurity Blinken speaks with Israeli counterpart amid escalating conflict Biden sent letter to Palestinian president over 'current situations' MORE, an aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE's 2016 presidential bid, is Biden's top pick for national security adviser. Sullivan previously served as Biden's national security adviser during the Obama administration.

The president-elect's Cabinet picks come as his opponent, President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE, has so far refused to concede the 2020 election despite his legal challenges in a handful of key battleground states failing to gain any traction thus far.