President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken
By Irish Echo Staff
When it comes to Ireland, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State can easily pick out Ireland on the world map.
For one thing, he has traveled to the island.
And Mr. Blinken is well aware of the threat posed by Brexit to the all of it, the South and the North.
Blinken served in the presidential campaign as a Biden foreign police advisor and in that capacity recently tweeted that Biden was “committed to preserving the hard-earned peace & stability in Northern Ireland. As the UK and EU work out their relationship, any arrangements must protect the Good Friday Agreement and prevent the return of a hard border.”
Blinken traveled to Ireland with President Clinton in 1998. It would be the second of three presidential visits by Clinton.
Blinken, at that time, was serving as "special assistant to the president and national security council senior director for strategic planning."