President-elect Biden announced Monday that Antony Blinken will be the candidate for secretary of state, but his apparent musical talent has sparked a lot of admiration among journalists.
While the press has generally intensively examined any of President Trump’s cabinet selections before they are confirmed, Blinken’s rockin past seems to be about the tune.
“Joe Biden plans to elect his plain-speaking, Paris-bred former Senate assistant in guitar playing as America’s next leading diplomat,” tweeted Politico executive editor Blake Hounshell.
“It’s hard to imagine a personality different from Pompeo than the always calm, polite, Europhilic, guitar-pounding Blinken,” AFP News Agency correspondent Shaun Tandon responded to the news.
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“About Tony Blinken as SoS:” Among his new priorities will be to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally ready to join global agreements and institutions. “Also guitars,” wrote Edward Wong, a New York Times correspondent.
The Financial Times tweeted, “When Joe Biden takes office in January, his closest foreign policy adviser will be a guitarist Beatles fanatic who first began promoting American values as a high school student in Paris during the Cold War.”
The Guardian also reported: “He went to school in Paris, where he learned to play guitar (playing Pink Floyd’s other brick in the wall at graduation) and football, and hid his dreams to become a filmmaker. officials, foreign diplomats and journalists, and uploaded two singles – Lip Love and Patience – to Spotify. “
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Blinken was previously a deputy foreign minister under the Obama administration and was Biden’s foreign policy adviser.
Fox News Peter Hasson contributed to the report.