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. In other words, the dude has a good resume, and is a seasoned veteran of federal politics. 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. It depends on which officials. 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. And Trump will retain a considerable, and an intense, following. Biden is also expected to name another close aide, Jake Sullivan, as national security adviser. Biden's secretary of state would inherit a deeply demoralized and depleted career workforce at the State Department. And most important of all, he has the confidence of the president of the United States. 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. On Politics is also available as a newsletter. 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. 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? 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. 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 … 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. 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. For that plum job, the nation's diplomat in chief, Biden landed on longtime aide Tony Blinken. Few incoming secretaries of state have assumed the job with the long ties to their president that Antony Blinken has with President-elect Joe Biden. 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. Accuracy and availability may vary. You know, his personal relationship with Vladimir Putin is at the heart of the U.S.-Russia relations. 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? 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 … January 20, 2021, 3:35 AM Security Studies president Jim Hanson provides analysis on ‘Fox & Friends First.’ The judge, Matthew Brann, said the campaign had presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.” Trump’s lawyers have appealed the ruling. The possible nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders, who is under consideration for labor secretary, has emerged as a point of contention. Why does Trump think it’s so crucial to keep McDaniel in charge of the R.N.C., and what might this enable him to do once he leaves office? The F.B.I. 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 … News Joe Biden to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state. A photo from Jan 15, 2021, shows a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Longtime Biden advisor Antony Blinken is nominated to … It's about how to use those relationships to advance America's interests. STEINBERG: Well, in the short term, it's clearly dealing with the consequences of COVID. It would ensure that he has a loyal ally atop the national party, which is a break from tradition. 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. Politics Biden to Nominate CNN Analyst for Secretary of State For some reason, CNN is reluctant to acknowledge the connection. 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. Adding to the pressure on Trump, more than 100 chief executives plan to urge the administration today to begin the transition process. Romney was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2012, and his running mate, former Rep. Paul … Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is one of two Republicans under consideration by the Joe Biden transition team for appointment as Secretary of State. In another appearance, she argued that Republican officials in Georgia were implicated in the scheme, and that they had been taking payoffs. Sullivan, 43, was a former adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state and succeeded Blinken as Biden’s national security adviser. He knows the foreign service well. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. 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. What do you think will present the most urgent foreign policy or national security challenge to this incoming administration? He is a former deputy secretary of state under President Obama. chair is harder to answer. Politico reports that Romney is on a list of 10 names under consideration by Biden to head up the U.S. Department of State. 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. And crises are opportunities that should not be wasted. 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. President-elect Joe Biden named veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as his nominee for secretary of state on Monday, as several news outlets had … Copyright © 2020 NPR. But the president has no intention of giving up his control over the Republican Party’s resources. 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. In states across the country, the postelection fallout seems to be turning on one big question: How willing are Republican officials to play along with Trump’s effort to discredit and overturn the results? Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has endorsed a much slimmer $500 billion package. to name another close aide, Jake Sullivan, as national security adviser, more than 100 chief executives plan to urge the administration today, his administration has also been hard at work, his team is urging its allies in Congress, Trump is working hard to keep his ally Ronna McDaniel in place. 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. He has the experience and the knowledge. 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 Joe Biden has chosen Obama administration veteran Antony Blinken for the top foreign policy job in the US. 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. STEINBERG: We go back a long way. But it's not just about their personal relationships. 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. STEINBERG: Relationships are extremely important not just as a matter of having good feelings, but rather as a means to promote our national interest, it is really critical. (Alex Edelman/Pool/Reuters) All rights reserved. Sidney Powell, who until yesterday had been a high-profile member of President Trump’s legal team, apparently just found out. Anything you want to see more of? 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. And I think President-elect Biden has signaled very clearly that that's going to be part of the core of his overall approach. Biden's Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken says US plans full review of approach to North Korea. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Joe Biden will name a longtime ally, Antony Blinken, as his secretary of state, according to people close to the process. 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. We're in the middle of a crisis of unprecedented magnitude, the extraordinary health toll and the broader ramifications. 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. On that note, how absurd is too absurd for the Trump campaign when it comes to making unfounded allegations about voter fraud? Even if the Democratic candidates, the Rev. I first met Tony in the early days of the Clinton administration. You're talking about a very different thing, but you're talking about the importance of personal relationships that Tony Blinken will carry with him into this role. 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? 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. 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. 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. 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 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. He knows the career civil servants well. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. 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. 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. She has privately assured committee members she’ll be independent. He knows the value that they bring. 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 … And to … It seems like if you were looking for a moment where you could do things quite differently, this might be it. Top Democrats continue to publicly insist that Republicans meet them closer to their stated goal of a $2.4 trillion deal. But that doesn’t mean he’ll let go of his vice grip on the Republican Party apparatus. KELLY: I gather you two know each other very well. charged some people with conspiracy in the Capitol riot, but proving it won’t be easy. And I think that's the big difference that we'll have here - is that both President Biden and Secretary Blinken have those relationships. KELLY: What was your first thought on hearing that he was the pick? Where does Biden secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken stand on the issues? NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. STEINBERG: There is, as Rahm Emanuel always used to say, opportunity in crises. Is there anything you think we’re missing? He has the temperament. 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. 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. Even some of Trump’s staunchest allies derided those claims. 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