President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tony Blinken, a longtime diplomat and a member of Mr. Biden’s inner circle, as his secretary of state, multiple people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News. Mr. Biden is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday.
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 2017.
Mr. Biden first began working with Blinken more than 15 years ago when he led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken served as Democratic staff director. Their relationship was cemented at the White House when Mr. Biden was vice president and Blinken was his national security adviser. Blinken rose to the deputy secretary of state by the end of the Obama administration.
Blinken has been already serving as Mr. Biden’s global liaison, acting as the master scheduler for the president-elect’s phone calls with world leaders who have been offering their congratulations. Blinken’s role is essential, since the State Department has been blocked from providing assistance with the calls by the Trump administration.