Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday and appears to have passed with flying colors. As it turns out, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) may have been his biggest fan.
Graham, who called Blinken an “outstanding choice” and gave him an elbow bump during a break, asked a series of questions, many of which resulted in answers the senator found quite agreeable. For example, Blinkin doesn’t “trust” the Taliban to police al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Afghanistan after a U.S. exit. He also considers Iran the world’s worst sponsor of terrorism and said he concurs with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assessment that China is committing genocide against the Uighurs and other religious and ethnic minorities. That last point reportedly left Graham “positively gushing.”
Blinken agrees that the Chinese Communist Party engaged in genocide against the Uighur Muslim population, agrees they were not transparent on Coronavirus. Lindsey Graham is positively gushing.
— David B. Larter (@DavidLarter) January 19, 2021
If the friendly exchange was any indication, Blinken won’t have much trouble getting confirmed, but the bipartisanship on display did have receive from sharp criticism from supporters of non-interventionist policy.