Joe Biden appoints Antony Blinken as secretary of state

US president-elect Joe Biden will appoint veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as his secretary of state, the transition team says, along with other key foreign policy positions.

Blinken, 58, is a seasoned and trusted aide who is expected to shoulder much of the burden in Biden’s bid to dismantle President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

Former secretary of state John Kerry will be a special presidential envoy for climate issues and sit on the National Security Council.

Biden is angling to rejoin the Paris climate agreement.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be appointed as the ambassador to the UN and Avril Haines is set to become the director of national intelligence.

Joe Biden has tapped Antony Blinken as the next US secretary of state. Credit: AP

Alejandro Mayorkas would be appointed to head up the Department of Homeland Security which oversees key law enforcement and immigration agencies.

Jake Sullivan will become the national security adviser, the transition team said.

All the cabinet-level positions need to be confirmed by the Senate.

US President-elect Joe Biden on November 19.
US President-elect Joe Biden on November 19. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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