Close Obama aide confirmed as State Department no.2

The US Senate confirms Tony Blinken, pictured here on July 28, 2014 in Washington, DC, as deputy secretary of state, installing a seasoned insider who has served as a close advisor to President Barack ObamaThe US Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state on Tuesday, installing a seasoned insider who has served as a close advisor to President Barack Obama. Blinken, the outgoing deputy national security advisor, was confirmed on a vote of 55-38, becoming Secretary of State John Kerry’s number two.

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