President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the country’s top diplomat is pledging to restore America’s standing in the world while building on some Trump administration foreign policies.
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Secretary of State-designee Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that he believes the Trump administration generally took a proper stance toward China and the Middle East. But he stressed that the Trump administration’s implementation of those policies left much to be desired and ignored critical issues such as climate change.
In a relatively non-contentious confirmation hearing, Blinken said that if confirmed, he would work with Congress to strengthen and improve the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from in 2018. He said he would try to build on Arab-Israeli normalization agreements that Trump sealed in the final months of his presidency. And he said he would advocate a continued tough line on China, while seeking to bolster the U.S. position by improving relations with allies.
Blinken also said promotion of human rights and democracy would be an integral part of the Biden administration’s approach toward international relations and pledged the U.S. would host a summit of the world’s democratically elected leaders by the end of the year.