Democrat Joe Biden is moving to appoint a man who once said British Brexit is a “total mess” as a new Secretary of State if he finally gets announced legally as the winner of the US 2020 president election race, as vote count is still going on in some states and President Trump’s campaign still alleging wide vote irregularities in main states.
A source from the U.S. has revealed that Mr Biden will appoint Antony Blinken as secretary of state on Tuesday. Mr Blinken is a longtime Biden ally who served as Number 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Mr Blinken’s appointment could be disastrous for the UK since he once described Britain’s decision to leave the EU as a “total mess” and compared it to far-right Marine Le Pen’s rise in France.
Speaking on the Pod Save the World podcast, Mr Blinken previously described the UK’s handling of Brexit as “the dog that caught the car and then the car goes into reverse and runs over the dog. It’s a total mess”.
Mr Blinken said, “so many young Brits who feel like they had had the rug pulled out from under them” while adding that Britain’s exit from the bloc would mean maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and it would be “a heck of a lot tougher”.
Not just that, he also weighed into the row over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s UK Internal Market Bill, supporting Mr Biden who warned the UK it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it extracts itself from the EU or there would be no US trade deal.
Mr Blinken tweeted then, “@joebiden is 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.”
Mr Blinken, 58, has long touted the view that the US needs to take an active leadership role in the world, engaging with allies, or see that role filled by countries like China with contrary interests.
He previously said, “As much of a burden as it sometimes seems to play … the alternative in terms of our interests and the lives of Americans are much worse.”
People who are familiar with Mr Blinken management style describe him as a “diplomat’s diplomat,” deliberative and relatively soft-spoken, but well-versed in the nuts and bolts of foreign policy.
The UK Prime Minister has vowed his government will have close ties with the US under Joe Biden, sharing an interest in tackling climate change among other issues when he congratulated him after the mainstream media called the election on his behalf.
President Donald Trump has been a good ally of Mr Johnson as he seeks to negotiate a trade deal, unlike Biden who strongly opposes Brexit and has reservations about the Prime Minister, who he once likened to a “physical and emotional clone” of Mr Trump.