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Antony J. Blinken, of New York, speaks throughout his affirmation listening to to be Secretary of State earlier than the U.S. Senate International Relations Committee on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. January 19, 2021. Graeme Jennings/Pool through REUTERS
  • US Senate confirmed Joe Biden’s nominee, Antony Blinken, to function secretary of state
  • 100-member Senate backed Blinken 78-22, which means he may very well be sworn in because the nation’s high diplomat later within the day
  • Blinken pledged to work extra carefully with allies after former President Donald Trump’s “America First” method to overseas affairs

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, veteran diplomat Antony Blinken, to function secretary of state.

The 100-member Senate backed Blinken 78-22, which means he may very well be sworn in because the nation’s high diplomat later within the day. A easy majority was wanted within the Democratic-controlled chamber for his affirmation.

Blinken is a longtime Biden confidant who has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier than, most lately to function No. 2 on the State Division throughout former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, when Biden was vp.

At his affirmation earlier than the Senate International Relations Committee final week, Blinken pledged to work extra carefully with allies after former President Donald Trump’s “America First” method to overseas affairs. Blinken stated he would work to revitalise broken American diplomacy and construct a united entrance to counter the challenges posed by Russia, China and Iran. 

The 100-member Senate is split 50-50 however managed by Biden’s fellow Democrats as a result of Vice President Kamala Harris can break any tie.

All the votes in opposition to Blinken’s affirmation got here from Republicans.

Blinken’s affirmation listening to went easily, with each Democrats and Republicans providing reward. Blinken was a committee workers director – when Biden, who spent many years within the Senate, was chairman – earlier than he joined the Obama administration.

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