That means he may run into roadblocks as he seeks to confirm his cabinet appointments. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com. On that note, how absurd is too absurd for the Trump campaign when it comes to making unfounded allegations about voter fraud? 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 … KELLY: He is a former deputy secretary of state, now a professor at Syracuse University. Joe Biden has chosen Obama administration veteran Antony Blinken for the top foreign policy job in the US. For that plum job, the nation's diplomat in chief, Biden landed on longtime aide Tony Blinken. STEINBERG: I think he clearly needs to restore a sense among the career people at the State Department that their expertise and experience is valued and that they will be part of his core team. If Trump fails to keep McDaniel in place, is there a serious chance that the Republican establishment may turn decisively against Trump and his brand of conservatism? For that plum job, the nation's diplomat in chief, Biden landed on longtime aide Tony Blinken. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, do pull off victories, Biden is likely to have made many of his cabinet decisions before the runoffs take place — and the daunting prospect of persuading a Republican-held Senate to confirm his appointments will have factored into his decision-making process either way. 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. And Trump will retain a considerable, and an intense, following. 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. Sullivan, 43, was a former adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state and succeeded Blinken as Biden’s national security adviser. Anything you want to see more of? Even if the Democratic candidates, the Rev. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. But that doesn’t mean he’ll let go of his vice grip on the Republican Party apparatus. I first met Tony in the early days of the Clinton administration. It would ensure that he has a loyal ally atop the national party, which is a break from tradition. 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. What do you think will present the most urgent foreign policy or national security challenge to this incoming administration? 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. She has privately assured committee members she’ll be independent. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. He knows the foreign service well. 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. 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. 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 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. Trump’s team has been busy these past few weeks sowing disinformation about the legitimate outcome of the election, in a desperate bid to keep him in power. He knows the career civil servants well. We are getting a clearer picture of who will be running national security and foreign policy in a Biden administration. Sidney Powell, who until yesterday had been a high-profile member of President Trump’s legal team, apparently just found out. 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. 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. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State, according to a report by Bloomberg News national political reporter … We’d love to hear from you. 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? And crises are opportunities that should not be wasted. President-elect Joe Biden named veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as his nominee for secretary of state on Monday, as several news outlets had … Where does Biden secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken stand on the issues? He's picked somebody who really meets all of the key qualifications. You will have tracked, as we all have, the reports of high level of departures and concerns about a hollowed-out diplomatic core. And it's affecting relations among key states, not least of which the relations between the United States and China. It depends on which officials. Kamala Harris’s rise is celebrated in India, especially in her ancestral village. January 20, 2021, 3:35 AM Security Studies president Jim Hanson provides analysis on ‘Fox & Friends First.’ This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Politics Biden to Nominate CNN Analyst for Secretary of State For some reason, CNN is reluctant to acknowledge the connection. Israel, like other countries, is anxious to find out who will be the next Secretary of State, and what record that person will have on Middle East policy. KELLY: You know, I remember when President Obama was leaving office, he was handing off to the Trump administration, and it was reported that he singled out North Korea as the area that would present the single biggest national security challenge, the most urgent challenge. And I think there is a sense here that the goal is not to go back to where we were before. WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's secretary of state, Antony Blinken, vowed to unravel a slew of the Trump administration's foreign policy positions during his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, even as he said Donald Trump got some things right on world affairs. The judge, Matthew Brann, said the campaign had presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.” Trump’s lawyers have appealed the ruling. After serving for decades at Joe Biden's side, Antony Blinken will step into the driver's seat on Tuesday as the president-elect's choice to be the next secretary of … (Powell was not directly involved in that case.) 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. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has endorsed a much slimmer $500 billion package. STEINBERG: We go back a long way. Politico reports that Romney is on a list of 10 names under consideration by Biden to head up the U.S. Department of State. The F.B.I. It's about how to use those relationships to advance America's interests. 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? In other words, the dude has a good resume, and is a seasoned veteran of federal politics. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. But times have changed. This is not only having a huge impact on the global economy, but it's challenging the stability of many countries around the world. 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. 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. KELLY: I gather you two know each other very well. A photo from Jan 15, 2021, shows a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. 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 nominate two veteran diplomats to the top US roles on the world stage – Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as … He knows the value that they bring. 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. 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. You go back decades. He has encouraged top officials to rapidly withdraw troops from Afghanistan, secure oil drilling leases in Alaska, further weaken environmental protections, antagonize the Chinese government, carry out executions and undermine any move by Biden to re-establish the Iran nuclear deal. Jonathan agreed to answer a few questions for us about what Trump is doing, and whether he seems likely to succeed. 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. If they’re not running for re-election or don’t much fear Trump’s wrath — Exhibits A and B: Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — they’re not very willing. Adding to the pressure on Trump, more than 100 chief executives plan to urge the administration today to begin the transition process. Longtime Biden advisor Antony Blinken is nominated to … Joe Biden will name a longtime ally, Antony Blinken, as his secretary of state, according to people close to the process. But it's not just about their personal relationships. When Joe Biden named Antony Bliken to be his nominee for the new Secretary of State, many experts praised his diplomatic chops and cited that he was Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration. What are the biggest challenges for him just in taking over that department? But the president has no intention of giving up his control over the Republican Party’s resources. It seems like if you were looking for a moment where you could do things quite differently, this might be it. 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. 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. Also, even if McDaniel does win another term, it will last only two years, meaning that she could still be replaced well ahead of the 2024 election. And to … 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. You could say the same about Kim Jong Un and North Korea. (Alex Edelman/Pool/Reuters) He served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under President Barack Obama. How Trump may be able to capitalize on McDaniel’s remaining R.N.C. 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. Accuracy and availability may vary. KELLY: Does the pandemic, as awful as it is - does it also present some opportunities for the incoming team in that it's such a all-encompassing, massive disruption and the whole world is living through it all at once? Is there anything you think we’re missing? 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. Copyright © 2020 NPR. In another appearance, she argued that Republican officials in Georgia were implicated in the scheme, and that they had been taking payoffs. And most important of all, he has the confidence of the president of the United States. 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. President-elect Joe Biden is set to choose Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Biden keeps his focus on the pandemic, with more executive orders planned at delivering aid. Or is he basically assured to play a role in defining its future anyway? In a striking display of political noncooperation, Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, has declined to allow the Federal Reserve to keep feeding credit to struggling businesses or state and local governments through emergency lending programs set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s Monday, and this is your politics tip sheet. STEINBERG: There is, as Rahm Emanuel always used to say, opportunity in crises. 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'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. President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state received criticism for his recent consulting work and early support for the Iraq War ahead of his Monday announcement for the post. 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 … But I think they're facing a great opportunity and advantage here because Tony has served in this role as deputy secretary. President-elect Joe Biden announced his intended nominees for top national security positions Monday. Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be secretary of state, testifies at his Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 19. Biden's Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken says US plans full review of approach to North Korea. We're in the middle of a crisis of unprecedented magnitude, the extraordinary health toll and the broader ramifications. Joe Biden will name a longtime ally, Antony Blinken, as his secretary of state, according to people close to the process. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Biden is moving ahead with cabinet appointments, and Trump’s legal team is in disarray. 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. 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. The speech gives insight into Blinken’s potential role as Biden’s secretary of state when it comes to inflating the refugee resettlement program, which Trump has reduced by 80 percent, sought to allow localities to decide whether or not they want to accept refugees, and has halted the program altogether during the Chinese coronavirus crisis. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. He is a former deputy secretary of state under President Obama. 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. 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