The U.S. Senate supported President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state. Anthony Blinken became the new leading American diplomat.
He received the votes of 78 members of the Senate and 22 against. The vote gave him the opportunity to be sworn in as secretary of state – and he did not fail to do so.
Blinken, like many other members of the new administration, has long worked with Democratic President Biden. Notably, he was second-in-command at the State Department during Barack Obama’s presidency – Biden was vice president then.
Biden’s administration is the most ethnically diverse in the history of the American state: one in two of his appointees is of people of color. For the first time, an African-American became head of the Pentagon. For the first time, a non-white woman, Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Negro descent, became Vice-President.