'The world's on fire' and other takeaways from Biden's secretary of state nominee confirmation hearing
Added 01-19-21 09:04:02pm EST - “President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's top diplomat vowed to reverse a slew of the Trump administration's foreign policy positions.” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's secretary of state, Antony Blinken, vowed to unravel a slew of the Trump administration's foreign policy positions during his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, even as he said Donald Trump got some things right on world affairs.
Blinken said if he is confirmed, he would refuse to participate in any partisan political activities, deploy "humility" in America's relations with the world, and allow U.S. embassies to fly gay pride flags, among other steps that would reverse policies enacted by outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
At the same time, Blinken embraced many of the Trump administration's most high-profile policies – including the State Department's 11th-hour determination on Tuesday that China is committing genocide in its treatment of the Uyghur people, a Muslim minority group.
"That would be my judgment as well," Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when asked if he agrees with the State Department's surprise genocide declaration. "Forcing men, women, and children into concentration camps, trying to in effect reeducate them to be adherents to the Chinese Communist Party – all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was one of Trump's most ardent supporters over the last four years. But the South Carolina Republican was among the friendliest GOP questioners of Biden's secretary of state nominee on Tuesday.
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