Biden to name Antony Blinken his secretary of state: reports

Then-U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes part in a naturalization ceremony in Washington in June 2016.

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President-elect Joe Biden will name Antony Blinken his nominee as secretary of state, Bloomberg News first reported Sunday night.

Blinken is a longtime Biden adviser and a former deputy secretary of state. Bloomberg said the official announcement is expected Tuesday. The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal independently confirmed the news later Sunday night.

Bloomberg also said Jake Sullivan, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser. Both men served at times as Biden’s national security adviser when he was vice president.

If confirmed, Blinken will likely focus his efforts on mending international relations and rejoining the Paris climate accord, the World Health Organization and the Iran nuclear deal. He will also likely take a leading role in U.S. immigration and the refugee policies — a subject he discussed with “Sesame Street” in 2016.

Earlier Sunday, the Associated Press reported that Biden would start naming his Cabinet selections Tuesday. His pick for Treasury secretary is also expected this week, with Fed Gov. Lael Brainerd and former Fed chair Janet Yellen among those expected to be in the running.

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Biden has already named longtime Democratic aide Ron Klain to be his White House chief of staff.

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