Anthony Blinken attends a press conference on the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State on August 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Veteran diplomat and longtime foreign affairs advisor to Biden, Antony “Tony” Blinken, is Joe Biden’s first choice as Secretary of State, multiple sources told NBC News.
A transitional official said Blinken was the most likely candidate for the position but could only confirm it after Biden’s announcement.
Blinken’s most important government duties include serving as Deputy National Security Advisor under former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2015 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017.
NBC News previously reported Flashing was a favorite for foreign ministers.
A well-known source told NBC News that Biden’s first cabinet selection will be diplomacy and national security.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday that Biden would begin announcing his cabinet selection on Tuesday.