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Biden expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Blinken was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during Obama administration.

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Anthony Blinken
Anthony Blinken as deputy secretary of state in 2015
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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 4:07pm

Democrat Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, if Biden is inaugurated as the next U.S. president.

The Blinken announcement could come as early as Tuesday, according to multiple news outlets, based on their interviews with people familiar with the Biden team's plans.

Blinken was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president. 

The 58-year-old Blinken is being considered as a less contentious appointment than former National Security Adviser Susan Rice or Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons if Biden becomes president and Republicans continue to control the Senate, which holds the power to confirm or reject presidential nominees.