Vice President Joe Biden talks to South Korean and Japanese leaders alongside Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken during trilateral talks at the Defense Department’s Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, July 14, 2016.
President-elect Joe Biden has made his choice for secretary of state, three people familiar with the matter tell Axios, moving quickly to assemble a Senate-confirmable Cabinet even as President Trump refuses to concede the election.
The big picture: Biden already has said he’s made his choice for Treasury, and both picks may be aimed at defusing confirmation fights with Senate Republicans and internal battles with Democratic progressives.
* Biden is expected to roll out several top Cabinet picks next week, long before two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 determine which party will control the Senate.
* Teasing his upcoming Treasury announcement yesterday in Delaware, he said his selection “will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from the progressive to the moderate coalitions.”
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Update: Biden decides on pick for secretary of State (The Hill)
WNU Editor: Their working relationship goes back years, and Tony Blinken has been advising Joe Biden during the campaign. For more info on Tony Blinken, you can go here …. Tony Blinken (Wikipedia). As to what is my take on his selection. You cannot get more Washington D.C. establishment than him.