Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Acting. Two close advisers on Twitter praised Foreign Secretary Joe Biden’s president, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, following the administration’s official announcement on Monday.
“A solid choice,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager, tweeted. “Leaders around the world assume that when Blinken speaks, he speaks for Biden.”
Sanders campaign foreign policy adviser Matt Duss added, Blinken “has strong confidence in the president-elect and has the knowledge and experience to do important work in rebuilding American diplomacy.”
“It will also be a great new thing to have a top diplomat who regularly deals with progressive funds,” Duss added.
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Advanced lawmakers in “The Squad” also responded to Blinken’s appointment.
Congressman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. He did not directly praise Blinken, but said Biden’s cabinet election was “a capable team that has an opportunity for generations to steer our foreign policy toward justice”.
Meanwhile, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Representative using the announcement blew up a recent statement by current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States is “committed to global [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] The campaign as a manifestation of anti-Semitism. “
“Assuming that [Blinken] do not suppress the right of the first amendment to speak against it [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s racist and inhuman policies, he wrote in response to Shakir. “The people of Palestine deserve equality and justice.”
Despite the positive reception, Blinken also received criticism for his early support for the Iraq war and for the consulting firm West Exec Advisors.
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Sanders himself did not comment publicly on the appointment.
The Vermon senator, who described himself as a Democratic Socialist, reiterated his desire to serve as Biden’s labor secretary last week and found himself particularly suited to the Associated Press to “focus on the many crises facing the country’s working families”.
Whether he gets into Biden’s office or not, Sanders warned Biden not to freeze progressives as he shapes his government.
“It seems clear to me that progressive views need to be expressed within the Biden administration,” Sanders said. “For example, it would be hugely offensive for Biden to put together a ‘team of rivals’ – and there is some controversy about his intention to do so – including Republicans and Conservative Democrats – but that ignores the progressive community. It would be very, very unfortunate. “
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Following the announcement, Blinken thanked his friends and colleagues for the support messages he received.
“The messages I’ve received from friends and colleagues over the past 15 hours have been humiliated,” Blinken said. “I have the honor to officially announce my appointment to the Secretary of State. If confirmed, this is a mission I undertake with all my heart.”
In line with Biden’s transition, Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations for three decades and has been advising Biden on foreign policy since 2002.
During the Obama administration, Blinken served as Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Adviser to former President Obama. In the first term of the Obama administration, Blinken was Biden’s national security adviser.
Fox News Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report