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Blinken Takes Over at State Department
On Wednesday, the brand new secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, arrived at the State Department and laid out his plans.
“Good morning.” “Right here, sir, to your left.” “Right here — thanks. I know the State Department that I’m walking into today is not the same one that I left four years ago. A lot has changed. The world has changed. The department has changed. And we need only look around to see that. We at State have a role to play in all of this. And I believe it starts with rebuilding morale and trust. This is a priority for me because we need a strong department for the United States to be strong in the world. So we’ve got our work cut out for us, but I am confident we will succeed. The United States has enormous sources of strength we’re going to build upon. America’s values are noble and powerful, and we will recommit to them. And America’s leadership is needed around the world. And we’ll provide it because the world is far more likely to solve problems and meet challenges when the United States is there. America, at its best, still has a greater capacity than any other nation on earth to mobilize others for the better.”
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