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    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.PersonalBirth date: April 16, 1962 Birth place: Yonkers, New York Birth name: Antony John Blinken Read MoreFather: Donald Blinken, investment banker and US ambassador to HungaryMother: Judith (Frehm) Pisar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural DiplomacyMarriages: Evan RyanChildren: Two Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1984; Columbia Law School, J.D., 1988 Religion: Jewish Other FactsHis stepfather, Samuel Pisar, was a famed lawyer and Holocaust survivor. Attended grade school and high school in Paris. Was a writer for The Harvard Crimson. Worked as a reporter at The New Republic and has written about foreign policy for publications such as The New York Times and Foreign Affairs. Before his career in government, Blinken practiced law in New York and Paris. Former CNN global affairs analyst. Blinken is visible in the famous photo of the "Situation Room" during the raid which killed Osama...
    ANTONY Blinken joined President Joe Biden's cabinet as secretary of state on January 26, 2021. He has been married to Evan Ryan for nearly two decades. 3Antony BlinkenCredit: AFP or licensors How many children does Antony Blinken have? Secretary of State Antony Blinken - who has a net worth of $8million - and wife Evan Ryan have two children. The parents have kept their offspring out of the public eye and don't post about them on social media. Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted about Blinken being a dad when he was announced as Biden’s selection as Secretary of State. 3Antony Blinken with his wife Evan RyanCredit: EPA “Can’t let this get lost: the next US Secretary of State @ABlinken is a new dad," she wrote. "It will be inspiring for working parents everywhere to see America’s top diplomat in...
    ANTONY Blinken's job as United States Secretary of State is to re-establish the nation as a trusted ally in the eyes of other countries. Blinken's assumed into office on January 26, after President Joe Biden nominated him for the job as US secretary of state in November 2020. 4Antony BlinkenCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Antony Blinken? Antony Blinken's was born on April 16, 1962, in Yonkers, New York. He previously served as deputy national security advisor from 2013 to 2015, and deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017 under President Barack Obama. Blinken also served in the State Department and in senior positions on the National Security Council under Bill Clinton's administration. 4Antony Blinken's is the United States secretary of stateCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Antony Blinken's has held government positions in both the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrationsCredit: AFP or licensors During his tenure in the Obama administration,...
    Hong Kong residents who seek to flee Chinese communist oppression could find a welcome home in the United States under President Biden. “If they’re the victims of repression from Chinese authorities, we should do something to give them haven,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday. That comment likely will add fuel to the rivalry between the U.S. and the communist regime, while forging a link between U.S. immigration policy and strategic competition with China. Beijing already is fuming about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to welcome Hong Kong residents who hold British passports dating back to the city’s time as a colony of the United Kingdom. “We’ve seen China act egregiously to undermine the very commitments it made during the handover of Hong Kong from Britain,” Blinken said in the televised interview. “And we see people who are, again, in Hong...
    More On: china WHO team tours Wuhan market linked to COVID-19 outbreak Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdown Biden family already cashing in on Joe’s presidency: Goodwin This is what Hunter Biden has been up to since Post exposé WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken put Beijing on notice over it’s poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, calling its lack of transparency after it learned of the first cases of the virus a “profound problem.” In response to a question on NBC News’ “Today,” Blinken accused China of falling short of its international obligations to provide information about the origins of the outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019, which the China’s Communist government is accused of covering up. ”There’s no doubt that especially when COVID-19 first hit, but even today, China is falling far short of the mark when it comes to providing...
    LGBT activists are cheering Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement that he will reverse an order from President Donald Trump and put up “pride” flags at U.S. Embassies around the world. Outfront magazine reported on the development: The Biden administration is off to a hopeful start, as Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, has confirmed a recommitment to LGBTQ rights. In a memo from July 2020, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper released a list of flags permitted to be displayed at U.S. military bases. Missing from the list was the LGBTQ pride flag, which Esper compared to the confederate flag. Prior to the ban, embassies raised the flag during pride month on the official embassy flagpole. During the hearing, Blinken also confirmed that he plans to appoint an envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ persons, a position created by Barack Obama in 2015 that wasn’t filled during the...
    Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenMenendez calls for sanction on Russia after Navalny protests The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Experts react to J&J vaccine data World Economic Forum president: Biden, Chinese president may meet in May in Singapore MORE condemned what he said were "harsh tactics" deployed "against peaceful protesters and journalists" during recent protests in Moscow against Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinMenendez calls for sanction on Russia after Navalny protests Biden puts US national security first in extending New START Treaty How Biden can build on the New START renewal to mend US-Russia relations MORE's government on Sunday. In a tweet, Blinken added that the U.S. "renew[s] our call for Russia to release those detained for exercising their human rights, including Aleksey Navalny," after news reports indicated that thousands were arrested during recent demonstrations. The U.S. condemns the persistent use of harsh tactics against peaceful...
    More On: china Hey, WHO! Do a real Wuhan probe: Devine McConnell urges Biden to keep Trump’s tough stance on China, Iran Cool granny takes DJ gig for a ‘spin’ Think the nose test is bad? China is using anal swabs to detect COVID WASHINGTON — China’s Communist government smacked-down Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s appeals to work together on climate change after he said he agreed that the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims amounted to “genocide.”  In a new statement released on Twitter, China’s foreign ministry accused Blinken of “interfering in its domestic affairs and undermining its interests” after he backed predecessor Mike Pompeo’s declaration that it had launched “a systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs.” “China is willing to work with the US on climate change. But such cooperation cannot stand unaffected by the overall China-US relations,” the statement read. “It is impossible to ask for China’s...
    A prominent politician from the Hudson Valley will serve as America’s top diplomat after being sworn in as President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State. Yonkers native Antony "Tony" Blinken, age 58, a longtime confidant and aide of the new president, was approved by the Senate with a 78-22 bipartisan vote this week and will return to the White House following time spent as a top member of the Obama administration. From 2009 to 2013, Blinken was the Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, where he was tasked with helping to craft foreign policy in the Middle East and address the Iranian nuclear program. Blinken hit the ground running, vowing to repair ties with global partners that may have been damaged during the previous president’s tenure. “The world is watching us intently right now," he said during an address to state department employees on...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a sharp warning to Russia to ensure the safety of opposition leader Alexei Navalny – and called on the Kremlin not to 'muzzle' opposing voices. Blinken spoke about the tense situation in Russia a day after President Biden phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to raise Navalny and other contentious issues.   'We have a deep concern for Mr. Navalny's safety and security and the larger point is that his voice is the voice of many, many, many Russians and it should be heard, not muzzled,' Blinken said at the State Department just hours after being sworn into his post.   'We have a deep concern for Mr. Navalny's safety and security,' said new Secretary of State Antony Blinken 'It remains striking to me how concerned and maybe even scared the Russian government seems to be of one man, Mr. Navalny,' he said, poking at the...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is speaking with reporters on Wednesday, his first full day at the helm of the State Department. Blinken, a longtime diplomat and adviser to President Joe Biden, was confirmed by the Senate in a 78-22 vote Tuesday and will be ceremonially sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House on Wednesday.How to watch Secretary of State Antony Blinken deliver remarks today What: Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks to the media  Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Location: The State Department Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device After arriving for his first full day of work, Blinken delivered virtual remarks to State Department employees. He acknowledged the unprecedented times the nation is living in, as those who were before him in-person...
    WASHINGTON -- America's new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department on Wednesday with a vow to rebuild the ranks of the foreign service and rely on its expertise as the Biden administration tries to restore U.S. global standing.On his first full day in the job, Antony Blinken told a coronavirus-limited audience of employees in the department's main lobby that he values their work and commitment. He also said that they have a hard road ahead with the world watching how they will pursue foreign policy after four years of former President Donald Trump's "America First" doctrine.President Joe Biden has vowed to reverse Trump's approach, which had alienated many traditional U.S. allies who perceived it as a hardline unilateral approach that left no room for negotiation. Blinken said that after four years, the United States would again engage with allies on a reciprocal, rather than a purely transactional,...
    The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as secretary of state on Tuesday, a position that makes him the top official in President Joe Biden’s cabinet. Blinken, a longtime Biden aide who served as deputy national security adviser and deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, was confirmed 78–22, with all votes against Blinken coming from Republicans. Prior to his work under Obama, Blinken was Biden’s national security adviser from 2009 to 2013 and a top staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2002 to 2008 while then-Sen. Biden (D-DE) was, during some of that timeframe, committee chair. During his hearing on January 19, Blinken outlined his priority to “revitalize American diplomacy,” noting the country’s rivalry with China, his mission to counter threats from other adversaries such as Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and the need to stay “engaged” internationally. Blinken said: American leadership still matters. The reality is, the world simply does...
    The Week MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says McConnell ‘caved’ on his filibuster demand during her Schumer interview In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said his caucus won’t allow Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to dictate the agenda in the Democratic-led 50-50 Senate or demand an end to the legislative filibuster as a precondition for a power-sharing pact. “We’ve told McConnell no on the organizing resolution, and that’s that. So there’s no negotiations on that,” Schumer said, suggesting he had a secret plan. “There are ways to deal with him.” Maddow included an update when she broadcast the interview Monday night. “While we were airing that right now, and you were watching it, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just put out a statement that he is folding on this” and willl “agree to go forward with what Sen. Schumer told him he...
    Loading the player... The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances. Senators voted 78-22 to approve Blinken, a longtime Biden confidant, as the nation’s 71st secretary of state, succeeding Mike Pompeo. The position is the most senior Cabinet position, with the secretary fourth in the line of presidential succession. Read More: Biden more bullish on vaccines, open to 1.5M daily shot goal Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration. He has pledged to be a leading force in the administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. He is expected to start work on Wednesday after being sworn in, according...
    Antony J. Blinken, speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 19, 2021.Alex Edelman | Pool | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON –The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken on Tuesday to be the nation's next secretary of State. The Senate voted 78 to 22. Blinken, a veteran diplomat, told lawmakers last week that he would focus on re-engaging America's allies in the wake of the Trump administration's "America First" foreign policy. Blinken did however say that Trump "was right in taking a tougher approach to China." "I disagree, very much, with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that's actually helpful to our foreign policy," Blinken said at his confirmation hearing a day before Biden's inauguration. Blinken's...
    ANTONY Blinken has been confirmed as secretary of state to form part of President Joe Biden’s cabinet.  Blinken has been married to Evan Ryan since 2002. 5Antony Blinken and Joe Biden have worked together for 20 yearsCredit: Reuters Who is Antony Blinken's wife? Blinken and Evan Ryan tied the knot nearly two decades ago after meeting through work. During the Obama administration, Ryan served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. 5Blinken worked for Barack Obama and the Clinton administrationCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5He served as Biden's top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeCredit: Getty Images - Getty She also worked directly with Biden while he was the vice president. The couple were introduced when they were both working within the Clinton administration.  Ryan and Blinken married in March 2002. The wedding was officiated by both a priest and a rabbi at the Holy...
    The Senate voted to confirm Antony Blinken as Secretary of State Tuesday afternoon by a 78-22 vote. Blinken has long served as a foreign policy aide to President Joe Biden and served as the deputy Secretary of State for the last two years of President Barack Obama’s term. He has strongly supported international coalitions and alliances, including the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accords. Biden rejoined the WHO and the Paris Accords via executive orders, reversing previous withdrawals authorized by former President Donald Trump. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken agreed with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who declared that China was committing genocide against its Uighur population. “That would be my judgement,” Blinken said when asked if he agreed with the former administration’s position. Antony Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the US Senate Foreign Relations...
    The Senate confirmed Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenBiden's 'buy-in' to Middle East stability is crucial The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel US carrier group enters South China Sea amid tensions between China, Taiwan MORE to be President Biden’s Secretary of State, the fourth in line of succession to the presidency and who is tasked with leading the effort to bring the U.S. back to the global stage and rebuild alliances that suffered under the Trump administration.  The Senate voted 78 to 22 on Blinken’s confirmation, making him the 71st secretary of State and the fourth member of Biden’s cabinet to be confirmed.  Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury...
    The Senate on Tuesday voted 78-22 to confirm Antony Blinken as the next secretary of state -- who will be a key figure in President Biden's efforts to restore alliances across the globe and forge a new foreign policy approach. Blinken, who has worked for the Senate and the Clinton and Obama administrations, said his priorities are building up the diplomatic corps and revitalizing core alliances. ANTONY BLINKEN: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S SECRETARY OF STATE PICK Blinken, 58, was a member of President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff from 1994 to 2001. He began his long relationship with Biden in 2002 when he became the Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Biden served as chairman.  When Biden became vice president in 2009, Blinken also moved over to the Administration as Biden's national security adviser and later promoted to deputy national security adviser to President Obama.  Blinken was already confirmed once...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirms longtime Biden confidant Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Senate approved President Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, Antony Blinken, in a fast-tracked vote to round out the top ranks of the new president’s national security team. He is expected to begin work immediately as the new administration faces a number of global challenges, including an Iran that has shown signs of moving ahead with its nuclear arms program while causing trouble in the Middle East; an increasingly aggressive and defiant China; and a Russian president in Vladimir Putin who has shown continued willingness to attack the United States through cyberspace and protesters at home with police batons or self-ordered prison sentences. But the list does not end there, and Biden's top diplomat will be his point man around the world as the president tries to bring about the "unity" he says is needed at home while also trying to enact his ambitious left-leaning agenda. The...
    Washington (CNN)The Senate will vote on whether to confirm Antony Blinken as the new US secretary of state Tuesday. Blinken, a longtime aide to President Joe Biden, received largely bipartisan support in his Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote Monday, with only three Republicans voting against. If confirmed, the new top US diplomat faces the challenges of restoring America's standing in the world and reinvigorating a department where many felt demoralized under the past administration.He will also be on the forefront of directing a sharp turn from "America First" foreign policy to one that focuses on multilateralism and coalitions.Biden admin launches review of Trump decision to designate Yemens Houthis as foreign terrorist organizationDuring his confirmation hearing last week, Blinken pledged to re-engage with Congress on key foreign policy concerns. Read MoreHe was pressed on Iran and efforts to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. While Blinken made clear the Biden administration feels...
    Washington — The Senate is expected to vote on confirming Antony Blinken as secretary of state on Tuesday, continuing the process of confirming President Joe Biden's nominees to key Cabinet posts. The Senate has so far voted to confirm several of Mr. Biden's nominees on a bipartisan basis. Blinken is a longtime diplomat and a member of Mr. Biden's inner circle. He served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Biden first began working with Blinken more than 15 years ago when he led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken served as Democratic staff director. At his confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee last week, Blinken pledged to restore American leadership on the world stage and revitalize the ranks of the State Department. "The reality is...
    Antony Blinken, one of President Biden's longest and most trusted advisers, is set to take the helm of the State Department where he intends to reassert U.S. leadership on the global stage and unravel some of former President Trump's foreign policy decisions. Blinken, a longtime government official who has worked for the Senate and the Clinton and Obama administrations, said his priorities are building up the diplomatic corps and revitalizing core alliances. "American leadership still matters," Blinken said during his Senate confirmation hearing.  He's earned bipartisan praise for his long foreign policy expertise and for his responses during a smooth confirmation hearing on Jan. 19. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who voted against Blinken's nomination for deputy secretary of state under President Obama, said he supports Blinken this time, calling him "an outstanding choice." Under questioning from Graham, Blinken said he agreed that China is involved in committing genocide against the Uyghurs, a minority Muslim population, and that Iran...
    (CNN)Antony Blinken will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to be considered for secretary of state. Read his opening statement as prepared:
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken on Friday, his team announced. “Their meeting was very productive,” a senior State Department official said in a message to reporters. “Secretary Pompeo and Secretary-nominee Blinken, as well as their teams, will continue to work together on behalf of America throughout the transition.” Pompeo and Blinken discussed how to “facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad.” Their meeting is the latest display of the Trump administration’s shift to emphasize Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential elections following the storming of the Capitol by President Trump's supporters. “In a banana republic, mob violence determines the exercise of power,” Pompeo tweeted Thursday. “In the United States, law enforcement officials quash mob violence so that the people’s representatives can exercise power in accordance with the rule of law and constitutional government. Congress’s completing...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoOvernight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Trump imposes sanctions on Turkey over Russian defense purchases The fight for empowerment: Women in the Middle East and North Africa MORE is slated to meet with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHogan on Republicans who won't accept election result: 'They are out of runway' Biden rips Trump's refusal to concede after Electoral College vote Senate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney general MORE’s nominee for the position Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenMaking America dull again OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden taps ex-Obama chief for VA | Shutdown looms amid standoff | SCOTUS rules on rape cases in military Biden to nominate Denis McDonough for VA secretary MORE, sources told The Associated Press and CNN on Tuesday. Blinken is...
    Antony Blinken, the President-elect Joe Biden's pick to replace secretary of state Mike Pompeo, will meet his soon-to-be predecessor at the State Department on Thursday for the first time, sources claim. In a first since Biden's victory - which was affirmed by the Electoral College yesterday - Blinken and Pompeo will meet for just 15 minutes in a show of formal recognition by Pompeo that he will handover the reins, CNN reports.    The step is the first Pompeo has made to acknowledge Biden's win, which he had initially resisted, telling diplomats that there would be a 'smooth transition to a second Trump administration'.  Despite the brief nature of the meeting, which has been described to CNN by three sources involved in the planning, it will signify one of the only in-person interactions between a Biden nominee and a member of the Trump cabinet so far.  Antony Blinken (pictured), the President-elect Joe...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to provide President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state-designate, Antony Blinken, with a full briefing on State Department operations and diplomatic matters, tacitly acknowledging President Trump’s defeat in the Nov. 3 election. Speaking to the Washington Examiner Monday as the Electoral College reaffirmed Biden’s victory, Pompeo said he planned to meet with Blinken “at the right time” for a conversation that is considered a regular and wholly noncontroversial part of the presidential transition process. However, some Trump administration officials have been hesitant to discuss transition activities because the outgoing commander in chief claims the election was stolen and is refusing to concede. “I’ll share with him the things that I’ve come to see here at the State Department, the institutional, organizational, leadership things,” Pompeo said in an interview. “And, then I’ll share with him — but I know he’ll have his own views...
    This 58-year-old man had previously been the former Deputy Secretary of State to President Barack Obama. Antony Blinken, is recognized as a defender of global alliances. His vast experience in international relations is seen as beneficial in reassuring US diplomats and world leaders after four years of tumultuous US strategies under Donald Trump. Mr. Blinken began his career in the Democratic administration Clinton was a close advisor to Joe Biden for two decades. He had previously served as his security adviser when Mr. Biden was vice-president. The New York Times argues that its priorities were to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to join both international institutions, including the World Health Organization, and global agreements including the Paris Agreement or the Agreement on Iranian nuclear power. The president-elect is also expected to nominate Jake Sullivan, one of his close...
    Hunter Biden arranged a meeting with his president-elect dad’s pick for secretary of state shortly after joining the board of a controversial Ukrainian energy company in 2015, according to a report Tuesday. Biden emailed Antony Blinken, then the US deputy secretary of state, to request the first of two sit-downs that took place that year, Fox News said. “Have a few minutes next week to grab a cup of coffee? I know you are impossibly busy, but would like to get your advice on a couple of things,” Hunter Biden reportedly wrote on May 22, 2015. Blinken replied, “Absolutely,” and the two exchanged several more messages regarding the time and place, Fox News said. On May 27, 2015, Blinken’s assistant emailed Biden with Blinken’s schedule for that day, which included a 3:30 p.m. meeting between the two men, Fox News said. The emails were obtained last year in response to...
    Antony Blinken's stepfather survived the Holocaust after he was rescued by Americans from a Nazi concentration camp. President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced his picks for key Cabinet positions, including Antony Blinken, who he has chosen as secretary of state and whose beliefs about the need to help refugees comes from a very personal place. Biden introduced Blinken, saying that Blinken's upbringing as the child of a refugee "taught him to never take for granted the very idea of America as a place of possibilities." Blinken went on to tell the story of his stepfather, Samuel Pisar, who came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust.
    New Secretary of State pick Antony Blinken has a long-standing relationship with President-elect Joe Biden going back to their days in the Obama administration, but State Department emails revealed that during that time Blinken appeared to have made a connection with Hunter Biden as well. In the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, Hunter Biden was the subject of reports about business dealings in Ukraine and China and possible links to his father. Records show that the younger Biden also had ties to Blinken, having scheduled meetings with him while he was on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma and Blinken was deputy secretary of state. BIDEN PICKS BLINKEN, MAYORKAS, SULLIVAN FOR KEY CABINET POSITIONS "Have a few minutes next week to grab a cup of coffee? I know you are impossibly busy, but would like to get your advice on a couple of things," Hunter Biden said in a May 22, 2015...
    President-elect Biden announced on Monday that Antony Blinken would become his nominee for Secretary of State, but his apparent musical talents are getting plenty of fanfare among journalists.  While media outlets typically intensely scrutinized any of President Trump's cabinet picks ahead of their confirmation, Blinken's rockin' past appears to play the right tune in the press.  "Joe Biden plans to tap his smooth-talking, Paris-bred, guitar-playing former Senate aide as America’s next top diplomat," Politico managing editor Blake Hounshell tweeted.  "Hard to think of a more different personality from Pompeo than the ever-calm, courteous, europhile, guitar-strumming Blinken," AFP News Agency correspondent Shaun Tandon reacted to the news.  RASHIDA TLAIB ACCUSED OF ANTI-SEMITISM FOR REACTION TO BIDEN'S JEWISH SEC OF STATE NOMINEE "On Tony Blinken as SoS: 'Chief among his new priorities will be to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to rejoin global agreements and institutions.' Also, guitars," New...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is building out his administration with several key picks for national security and foreign policy roles.John Kerry, a former secretary of state, will lead the incoming administration's effort to combat climate change. Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.Biden also plans to nominate Antony Blinken as his secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning.Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration's bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances.Biden is moving forward with plans to fill out his government even as Trump refuses to concede defeat, has pursued...
    ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as secretary of state to form part of President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet.  Blinken is no stranger to the White House as he has worked at the State Department with the Clinton administration and with former president Barack Obama. 7Antony Blinken and Joe Biden have worked together for 20 yearsCredit: Reuters Who is Antony Blinken? Antony Blinken, 58, is a government official who has served in the White House for nearly two decades. Blinken held the role of US Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 and also served as Deputy National Security Advisor for two years under President Barack Obama. 7Blinken worked for Barack Obama and the Clinton administrationCredit: Getty Images - Getty He has had extensive experience in foreign affairs and served as the Democratic Staff Director for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee for six years. Blinken is also a...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning.Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration's bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances.In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America's top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons.Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the Senate. She has long been a target of Republicans, including for statements she made after the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate former CNN global affairs analyst Antony Blinken to serve as his secretary of state, a source told Fox News early Monday -- but Blinken apparently didn’t leave a lasting impression on at least one of his former colleagues. CNN’s in-house media pundit Brian Stelter did not mention that Blinken, the top foreign policy adviser during Biden’s 2020 campaign, used to be employed by the liberal network when covering the story in his media newsletter. BIDEN EXPECTED TO PICK ANTONY BLINKEN AS TOP DIPLOMAT CNN’s in-house media pundit Brian Stelter claimed he was clueless that Antony Blinken used to be employed by the liberal network. Stelter regularly complains that the Trump administration was too closely tied with media outlets so NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck took notice of the omission. “Note how @BrianStelter doesn't mention Tony Blinken was a CNN global affairs analyst....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning. 2016 file photo: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)  Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected on Tuesday to nominate his former Senate aide Antony Blinken to become secretary of state, multiple news outlets reported late Sunday, elevating the former No. 2 chief diplomat and Obama administration veteran to the consequential Cabinet position. [ READ: Biden Announces More White House Staff ]Bloomberg News was first to report the nod, which would place Blinken in a position to lead the Biden administration's expected efforts to roll back President Donald Trump's "America First" vision of the world and the U.S. position within it. Many former national security leaders within the outgoing administration have publicly criticized the policy and lamented the work required to overturn it, including some who believe it has left "America alone." Others have privately spurned what they consider a strategy that has only isolated the U.S. as global instability spreads. Blinken, 58, has in recent weeks stressed the need for the...
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly expected to announce Antony Blinken as his nominee to lead the U.S. State Department in his new administration.  Blinken was previously a deputy secretary of state and a deputy national security adviser under former President Barack Obama. During that administration, he was a national security adviser for the vice president.  This 2017 photo from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 2017 Gala Awards Dinner captures a moment with then-Vice President Joe Biden and Anthony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of state. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for National Committee on American Foreign Policy ) Choosing Blinken is seen as a return to international cooperation after four years of President Donald Trump’s presidency, which was focused on an “America First” policy. Under Trump, the U.S. pulled out of several international treaties, including the Paris Agreement, a landmark climate accord.  Blinken would be focused on repairing...
    (CNN) — El presidente electo de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, está listo para nominar a Antony Blinken, un experimentado asesor de política exterior, como secretario de Estado, dijeron a CNN personas familiarizadas con el asunto. El próximo secretario general de la Casa Blanca, Ron Klain, dijo el domingo temprano que Biden tenía la intención de comenzar a revelar a los miembros de su gabinete el martes. Biden está listo para hacer los primeros anuncios de su gabinete, a pesar de los intentos de sabotaje de Trump Se espera que Blinken esté entre las primeras nominaciones, dijeron personas familiarizadas con el asunto, con la intención de Biden de enviar una señal de que reconstruir las alianzas de Estados Unidos es una de sus principales prioridades. Bloomberg fue el primero en informar que Biden tiene la intención de nombrar a Blinken. Antony Blinken Viejo aliado de Joe Biden Blinken sirvió en la...
    Joe Biden, the president-elect, is expected to nominate Antony Blinken, his top foreign-policy adviser during the 2020 campaign, to serve as his secretary of state, a source told Fox News early Monday. BIDEN EXPECTED TO MAKE TRIP TO GEORGIA TO STUMP FOR OSSOFF The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden has close ties with Blinken that go back nearly 20 years, and he is expected to be named on Tuesday, along with other Cabinet announcements. The paper described Blinken as a “centrist on foreign policy,” and he said in a recent interview that his first task in the role will be facing the coronavirus and recommitting to relationships with allies. “There is an urgent leadership requirement internationally with regard to COVID-19. The first thing we have to do is deal with, domestically as well as internationally, is working to get out from under the COVID-19 rock,” he said. President Trump...
    ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as Joe Biden's incoming secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. The 58-year-old, who has close ties with the president-elect, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS.
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee is reportedly expected to be Antony Blinken — a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Sources close to Biden’s Cabinet-choosing process told the New York Times of Blinken’s likely nomination as the nation’s top diplomat. Blinken, 58, who has worked in various capacities with Biden for nearly 20 years, had been rumored as a front-runner for the position. Biden will announce the first selection of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday, his advisors said Sunday. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, was also named as a front-runner to be Biden’s secretary of state, sources have told the Associated Press. Blinken had served as Biden’s top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Times reported. When Biden was vice president, Blinken was his national security...
    The Week White House vaccine czar expects kids will receive coronavirus vaccine by middle of 2021 There’s a growing likelihood that the first round of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out in just a few weeks. If and when that happens, only high priority groups, like health care workers, are expected to have access. Theoretically, the pool will grow over time, but children will probably have to wait a while. That’s partly because younger people, though far from invulnerable to COVID-19, are less susceptible to severe cases, but it also has to do with the fact that the youngest people to receive Pfizer’s candidate in trials were between 12 and 14 years old, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the White House vaccine czar, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.As things stand, there’s no data about the vaccine’s efficacy or safety for younger children, but Slaoui says the plan is to run...
    By Michael Martina, Simon Lewis and Arshad Mohammed (Reuters) - Antony Blinken, a veteran diplomat and longtime confidant of President-elect Joe Biden, is expected to play a senior role as the incoming administration looks to jettison President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda and restore relations with U.S. allies. With his decades of experience on Capitol Hill, at the White House and as the former No. 2 at the State Department, Blinken is widely seen in Washington as a natural fit to be Biden's national security adviser or a possible pick for secretary of state. Biden has not discussed what role Blinken will fill in the new administration. A spokesman for his transition team said on Monday that no personnel decisions had been made "at this time." It declined to make Blinken available for comment. Blinken's top government roles included serving as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 under...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Antony "Tony" Blinken, former deputy Secretary of State and current foreign policy adviser for the Joe Biden for President campaign. Morell and Blinken discuss a potential Biden administration's foreign policy priorities and its likely approach to top global security challenges, including climate change, armed conflicts, and strategic threats from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Blinken also details the Vice President's likely approach to the U.S. intelligence, diplomatic and military communities. A corresponding interview request has been extended to the Trump White House, and is pending.  HIGHLIGHTS:  ON AMERICA'S ROLE IN THE WORLD: "I would sum it up in three words: leadership, cooperation and democracy...Joe Biden would reassert American leadership, leading with our diplomacy. We'd actually show up again, day in, day out. But to engage the world, not as it was in 2009 or even in 2017...
    Former British spy Christopher Steele told a British court that he shared his infamous dossier in 2016 with an associate expecting that it would be provided to State Department officials, including Antony Blinken, who is considered a top contender for secretary of state in a Joe Biden administration. According to a judge’s decision handed down last week in a dossier-related lawsuit, Steele told the court that he provided a copy of the dossier in early November 2016 to Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state who then served as the president of the Brookings Institution. Steele also said he expected Talbott to meet with Blinken regarding the national security implications in the dossier. Blinken served at the time as deputy secretary of state, the number two position at Foggy Bottom. Before that, he served as deputy national security adviser to President Obama and as national security adviser to then-Vice...
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