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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

U.S. Senate Confirms Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Antony Blinken has been confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of State.

The confirmation vote had a final tally of 78-22 with the latter being composed of Republican party members.

Blinken has already served in the past two Democratic administrations, as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.

Blinken said in his confirmation speech that he would rebuild the State Department, repair frayed alliances and restore America’s global leadership.

“Either some other country tries to take our place – but not in a way that is likely to advance our interests and values – or maybe, just as bad, no one does and then you have chaos. Either way, that does not serve the American people,” said Blinken.

Blinken is the fifth member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate, after Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Defense Secretary General Lloyd Austin, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

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