Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. He's a great colleague and works well with others. Biden is expected to officially unveil his first round of cabinet appointments tomorrow, Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff, said yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.” That puts Biden well ahead of the usual pace for presidents-elect, as he marches forward with the transition process despite President Trump’s refusal to cooperate. The F.B.I. Sullivan, 43, was a former adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state and succeeded Blinken as Biden’s national security adviser. But there is a growing sense that some action would be better than none, and that a smaller deal may be all that is possible. We are getting a clearer picture of who will be running national security and foreign policy in a Biden administration. Antony Blinken Andrew Stiles-November 23, 2020 2:00 PM The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. Members of the Cabinet of the United States in the Biden administration will assume office after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, 2021, and after confirmation by the United States Senate. Supporters greeted Trump’s motorcade yesterday at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. Trump will inevitably have to accept the fact that he lost the presidential election. KELLY: It's so interesting because President Trump, of course, has put personal relationships right at the center of U.S. foreign policy. Biden's Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken says US plans full review of approach to North Korea. Washington (CNN) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be his successor, for the first time on Friday. Joe Biden will name a longtime ally, Antony Blinken, as his secretary of state, according to people close to the process. Is there anything you think we’re missing? And so he's going to know quickly how to encourage them to reengage and, importantly, how to get people to think about coming back into the department. In other words, the dude has a good resume, and is a seasoned veteran of federal politics. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is one of two Republicans under consideration by the Joe Biden transition team for appointment as Secretary of State. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com. And I think that's the big difference that we'll have here - is that both President Biden and Secretary Blinken have those relationships. But Trump has made clear to associates that when he no longer has a campaign to rely on, he envisions the party as a platform and funding source for his post-presidential political endeavors. We’d love to hear from you. Most reports mention that Biden's secretary of state will be Susan Rice, former US ambassador to the United Nations and national security advisor in the Barack Obama administration. Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be secretary of state, testifies at his Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 19. What’s less clear is whether, when he’s out of office, he’ll be able to elect or defeat Republican candidates in party primaries with his influence — and that will directly affect whether he’s still able to instill fear in Republican lawmakers. KELLY: What was your first thought on hearing that he was the pick? For the moment, this is very much Trump’s party, as one of his most vocal allies, Joe Gruters, the chairman of the Florida Republican Party, put it to us. He's picked somebody who really meets all of the key qualifications. Romney was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2012, and his running mate, former Rep. Paul … Each of the two major parties typically elects a new chair after its president leaves office, whether because of defeat or term limits. We've learned some lessons from COVID about some of the fragilities and vulnerabilities of the United States and others in the world that we live. He is a former deputy secretary of state under President Obama. US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Tony Blinken, speaks at The Queen theater, November 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. Since May — when the House passed a $3 trillion stimulus package, only to watch it languish in the Republican-controlled Senate — Democrats have argued that another big, ambitious piece of legislation is needed to respond to the pandemic. Trump’s two secretaries of state, Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, offered weak resistance to the administration’s attempts to gut the agency, which were thwarted only by congressional intervention. Joe Biden has chosen Obama administration veteran Antony Blinken for the top foreign policy job in the US. Accuracy and availability may vary. (Alex Edelman/Pool/Reuters) And it's affecting relations among key states, not least of which the relations between the United States and China. charged some people with conspiracy in the Capitol riot, but proving it won’t be easy. Today Biden formally tapped half a dozen people, including his picks for director of national intelligence, ambassador to the United Nations, Homeland Security secretary and secretary of state. In a past era, it would be almost unimaginable for a sitting senator to have his own confirmation blocked by colleagues in the chamber. That means he may run into roadblocks as he seeks to confirm his cabinet appointments. And I think there is a sense here that the goal is not to go back to where we were before. Anything you want to see more of? Biden is also expected to name another close aide, Jake Sullivan, as national security adviser. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Chris Christie said Trump’s legal team had become “a national embarrassment.”. President-elect Joe Biden announced his intended nominees for top national security positions Monday. You go back decades. Politico reports that Romney is on a list of 10 names under consideration by Biden to head up the U.S. Department of State. WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be secretary of state, will promise during his confirmation hearing Tuesday to rebuild the State … President-elect Biden’s nominee for secretary of State, Antony Blinken, participated in a marathon confirmation hearing with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on … In addition to the fifteen heads of executive departments, there will be ten Cabinet-level officials, including four positions that were not previously in the Cabinet. Unlike past departing presidents, Trump is also rushing to fill positions on scientific panels, confirm federal judges and eliminate longstanding health care regulations. A former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration who has advised Biden on foreign policy since 2002, Blinken, who graduated from high school in Paris, where he lived from the ages of 9 to 18, and speaks fluent French, is no stranger to Washington or the international community. But it’s a very different story with the two Georgia senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who need Trump’s voters to win their January runoffs and over the weekend came out in support of his demand this month for (another) recount of their state’s votes. But what might have bothered Trump even more was the humiliating loss he suffered in court over the weekend, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania issued a scathing rejection of his lawyers’ attempt to have the election results in that state declared wholly invalid. Joe Biden has decided on his pick for secretary of State as the president-elect works to put together a team that can be confirmed by a possibly GOP-controlled Senate. With the 2020 elections in the rearview mirror and preparations for a Biden White House underway, the world is watching to see who the president-elect chooses for the top foreign policy post. It seems like if you were looking for a moment where you could do things quite differently, this might be it. But I think they're facing a great opportunity and advantage here because Tony has served in this role as deputy secretary. Where does Biden secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken stand on the issues? Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has endorsed a much slimmer $500 billion package. She has privately assured committee members she’ll be independent. News Joe Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Top Democrats continue to publicly insist that Republicans meet them closer to their stated goal of a $2.4 trillion deal. Last week, Powell stood alongside Giuliani and Ellis and unfurled an elaborate conspiracy theory claiming that Latin American leftists had conspired to throw the election to the Democrats. Blinken, 58, served as Biden’s national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s first term, then became the deputy national security adviser to the president. It’s Monday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Joe Biden will nominate two veteran diplomats to the top US roles on the world stage – Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as … President-elect Joe Biden named veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as his nominee for secretary of state on Monday, as several news outlets had … In an essay he co-authored for Foreign Affairs, William Burns laid out the stark challenge facing whoever is chosen as Biden’s secretary of State. Adding to the pressure on Trump, more than 100 chief executives plan to urge the administration today to begin the transition process. Are we already seeing an effort to use this as a kind of purity test, whereby Republican elected officials and political operatives who don’t go along will be weeded out as Trump seeks to retain his grip on the party machinery? But the president has no intention of giving up his control over the Republican Party’s resources. If the two Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia do not both win their runoff elections in January, Biden will become the first president in over 30 years to take office with the opposing party controlling the chamber. Kamala Harris’s rise is celebrated in India, especially in her ancestral village. You could say the same about Kim Jong Un and North Korea. And so the question is going to be, looking forward, how do we build a strategy that works with others, that improves our resilience against these kinds of crises and allows us to advance our interests, especially working with like-minded countries? I first met Tony in the early days of the Clinton administration. KELLY: I gather you two know each other very well. And to … But it's not just about their personal relationships. Blinken has served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to … But that doesn’t mean he’ll let go of his vice grip on the Republican Party apparatus. Or is he basically assured to play a role in defining its future anyway? What do you think will present the most urgent foreign policy or national security challenge to this incoming administration? When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether the cabinet would include more progressives than Obama’s did, Jennifer Psaki, a senior Biden adviser, said that it would “look like America” in terms of ideology and background. KELLY: He is a former deputy secretary of state, now a professor at Syracuse University. STEINBERG: Just that the country will be in good hands and the president will be well-served. On Politics is also available as a newsletter. As our reporters Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman write in a new article, Trump is working hard to keep his ally Ronna McDaniel in place as chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, part of a broader attempt to maintain his control over the party’s resources in the years ahead. Even if the Democratic candidates, the Rev. But his administration has also been hard at work ensuring that, when he does inevitably trudge out of office, many of Trump’s policies will be difficult for Biden to roll back. STEINBERG: Well, in the short term, it's clearly dealing with the consequences of COVID. But now, with Biden on his way to the Oval Office and the economy showing signs of a double-dip recession, his team is urging its allies in Congress to take whatever they can get so that the government can increase federal unemployment benefits; give more aid to small businesses; and increase funding for virus testing, contact tracing and vaccine distribution. He knows the foreign service well. Longtime Biden advisor Antony Blinken is nominated to … KELLY: If he is confirmed, Tony Blinken will walk back into a State Department that is a very different department than he left in January 2017. Even as Trump’s Twitter feed offers a nonstop stream of unsupported claims about the election, his actions at the White House suggest that he knows he will be leaving soon. But times have changed. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with James Steinberg, former deputy secretary of state, about what to expect from Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state. How Trump may be able to capitalize on McDaniel’s remaining R.N.C. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. And to hear what he brings to the job, we have invited someone who knows him well who also served as deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, Jim Steinberg. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. He knows the value that they bring. Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, two of the president’s other lawyers, issued a curt statement last night announcing that Powell was no longer “a member of the Trump legal team,” adding, “She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”. 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