Blinken confirmed as secretary of State
Antony Blinken was confirmed as secretary of State on Tuesday, taking the reins of U.S. foreign policy amid major global challenges and following years of turmoil at the State Department.
Blinken won bipartisan approval in the Senate, with a vote of 78-22, Politico reported.
Blinken, a longtime aide to President Joe Biden, is a strong proponent of turning to international alliances to further U.S. interests. His resume includes having served as both deputy national security adviser and deputy secretary of State during the Obama administration.
Blinken becomes the chief U.S. diplomat as the U.S. faces tests on multiple fronts, including: a pandemic that has killed 2.1 million people worldwide and ravaged economies; a rising and increasingly aggressive China; a Middle East riven by tensions between Iran and its neighbors; and an increasing exhaustion among Americans with the war in Afghanistan.
He has pledged to make “humility and confidence” the twin cornerstones of his approach to the job, a reflection of the Biden team’s view of how America should conduct itself in a world where Washington, D.C., is not the only power center.