Durbin Introduces Tony Blinken, Biden Nominee for Secretary of State, at Nomination Hearing
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced Tony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, at his nomination hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Durbin noted that Mr. Blinken’s career with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later the Obama Administration – including as the Deputy Secretary of State – make him an ideal choice to lead the State Department and represent our nation around the world.
“With the end of the Trump Administration, we face a stark choice. Does ‘America First’ mean ‘America Alone?’ Does our nation still need friends and allies? Over the past four years, many of the strongest bonds between America and our allies have been strained, lifelong friends have been shunned, and authoritarian adversaries have been embraced. The role of the United States in the world—its values, its allies, its adversaries—are in question. The world is waiting for a clear policy from our new President. And our new President has chosen one man to lead that effort, Tony Blinken,” Durbin said. “It is my honor to introduce Tony Blinken as the next Secretary of State.”
Video of Durbin’s remarks in Committee is available here.
Audio of Durbin’s remarks in Committee is available here.
Footage of Durbin’s remarks in Committee is available here for TV Stations.
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