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

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report MORE's longtime aide Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense: Biden administration pausing UAE, Saudi arms sales | Pentagon making climate change national security priority | VA secretary nominee sails through hearing Blinken vows to confront, cooperate with China in first remarks at the State Department Blinken says US has 'deep concern' about Navalny safety 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 SullivanBiden (mostly) builds on Trump's foreign policy Biden's get-tough Russia plan faces early diplomacy test Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron MORE, an aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Hillary Clinton says Greene should 'be on a watch list,' not in Congress DOJ: Social media influencer charged with interference in 2016 election 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 TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform 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.