Biden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report
President-elect Joe Biden’s longtime aide Antony Blinken 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.
“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 Sullivan, an aide to Hillary Clinton’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 Trump, 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.
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