WILMINGTON, Del. — Veteran diplomat and longtime Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken is President-elect Joe Biden’s top choice to serve as secretary of state, multiple sources told NBC News.
A transition official said Blinken is the most likely candidate for the position but couldn’t confirm the nomination until Biden’s announcement.
Blinken’s top government roles include having served as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 during the Obama administration and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.
NBC News previously reported that Blinken was a favorite for secretary of state.
A source familiar with transition planning said Biden’s first Cabinet selections will be in the areas of diplomacy and national security. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday that Biden will begin announcing his Cabinet picks Tuesday.
Geoff Bennett and Amanda Golden reported from Wilmington and Carol E. Lee from Washington.