WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a longtime White House foreign policy adviser to the No. 2 post at the State Department.
Tony Blinken joined the White House in 2009 as a top aide to Vice President Joe Biden. He later became Obama's deputy national security adviser and a key player on foreign policy issues, including the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Obama says in a statement that Blinken has integrity and a tireless work ethic. He's calling Blinken the ideal type of person to represent the U.S. overseas.
If confirmed, Blinken would replace William Burns, who retired earlier this year. It's unclear whether the Senate will vote on Blinken's nomination before the end of the year.
The White House has not yet named Blinken's replacement.