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Antony Blinken is US Secretary of State: Adding power to Biden
Although with a calm demeanour, Blinken has always supported the traditional American policy of military interventions and regime changes. He told the Senate hearing he will restore America’s "global leadership."

WASHINGTON, Jan 27: Rushing to pass the nominations for President Joe Biden's Cabinet team, Antony Blinken was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday for the position of the 71st US Secretary of State.

There was an overwhelming majority bipartisan support of 78 to 22 votes in a 50:50 chamber. Blinken, 58, was sworn in at the State Department Tuesday afternoon.

"He is the right person to repair and restore our alliances, to rebuild and renew the State Department," said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who will be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, USA Today quoted. Joe's predecessor Donald Trump's term was marked by closer relations with dictatorial North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin while he launched a trade and diplomatic war against China. Blinken said Trump "was right in taking a tougher approach to China."

Blinken tweeted, "My career has come full circle. I started at the @StateDept in 1993, and, today, it's the honor of my life to lead the Department's women and men as the 71st Secretary of State." Mike Pompeo and Rex Tillerson were his two immediate predecessors.

Blinken has a background of supporting military intervention in the Middle East for long. Calm by appearance and humanitarian by nature and action, the longtime Biden adviser may have to confront a recalcitrant Turkey that has moved away from NATO seeking Russian favours.

Blinken said he would try to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. The Trump administration had pulled out in 2018.

Some Senators fear foreign entanglements with Blinken at the head. It is speculated that he will follow the traditional policy of regime change and war. He himself told the Senate hearing that he will restore America’s "global leadership."

Blinken had close working relationship with Biden for a long time. He was the then VP's national security director. He was also director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was confirmed on the inauguration day and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed last Friday. Another key member of Biden's national security team in place is National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who does not require Senate confirmation.

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