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Biden confirms he will appoint Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden will appoint veteran diplomat and national security official Anthony Blinken as his secretary of state, the transition team announced on Monday, along with other key foreign policy positions.

Washington, 23 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – President-elect Joe Biden will appoint veteran diplomat and national security official Anthony Blinken as his secretary of state, the transition team announced on Monday, along with other key foreign policy positions.

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. Haines would be the first woman in that role.

Alejandro Mayorkas would be appointed to head up the Department of Homeland Security, the first person of Latino heritage to get that job, 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 Senate confirmed.

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