–Update below on State/M
If confirmed, three priorities will guide my time as Secretary.
First, I will work with you to reinvigorate the Department by investing in its greatest asset: the foreign service officers, civil servants, and locally employed staff who animate American diplomacy around the world.
I know from firsthand experience their passion, energy, and courage. Often far from home and away from loved ones, sometimes in dangerous conditions exacerbated by the global pandemic – they deserve our full support. If I am confirmed as Secretary, they will have it.
I am committed to advancing our security and prosperity by building a diplomatic corps that fully represents America in all its talent and diversity. Recruiting, retaining, and promoting officers with the skills to contend with 21st Century challenges and who look like the country we represent. Sparing no effort to ensure their safety and well-being. Demanding accountability – starting with the Secretary – for building a more diverse, inclusive and non-partisan workplace.
Second, working across government and with partners around the world, we will revitalize American diplomacy to take on the most pressing challenges of our time.
We’ll show up again, day-in, day-out whenever and wherever the safety and well-being of Americans is at stake. We’ll engage the world not as it was, but as it is. A world of rising nationalism, receding democracy, growing rivalry with China, Russia, and other authoritarian states, mounting threats to a stable and open international system, and a technological revolution that is reshaping every aspect of our lives, especially in cyberspace.
For all that has changed, some things remain constant.
American leadership still matters.
The reality is that the world doesn’t organize itself. When we’re not engaged, when we don’t lead, then one of two things happen: either some other country tries to take our place, but probably not in a way that advances our interests or values. Or no one does, and then you get chaos. Either way, that does not serve the American people
Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America’s leadership coin.
Humility because we have a great deal of work to do at home to enhance our standing abroad. And humility because most of the world’s problems are not about us, even as they affect us. Not one of the big challenges we face can be met by one country acting alone – even one as powerful as the U.S.
But we’ll also act with confidence that America at its best still has a greater ability than any country on earth to mobilize others for the greater good.
Guided by those principles, we can overcome the COVID crisis – the greatest shared challenge since World War II.
We can outcompete China – and remind the world that a government of the people, by the people, can deliver for its people.
We can take on the existential threat posed by climate change.
We can revitalize our core alliances – force multipliers of our influence around the world. Together, we are far better positioned to counter threats posed by Russia, Iran, and North Korea and to stand up for democracy and human rights.
And in everything we do around the world, we can and we must ensure that our foreign policy delivers for American working families here at home.
Let me conclude with a word about this institution, whose resilience and determination was on full display in the aftermath of senseless and searing violence in these halls. Both the President-elect and I believe we must restore Congress’s traditional role as a partner in our foreign policy making.
In recent years, across administrations of both parties, Congress’s voice in foreign policy has been diluted and diminished.
That doesn’t make the executive branch stronger – it makes our country weaker.
President-elect Biden believes – and I share his conviction – that no foreign policy can be sustained without the informed consent of the American people. You are the representatives of the American people. You provide that advice and consent. We can only tackle the most urgent problems our country faces if we work together, and I am dedicated to doing that.
If confirmed, I will work as a partner to each of you on behalf of all Americans.
The scoop from @Politico: @WendySherman for Deputy Secretary of State, Toria Nuland for Under Secretary for Political Affiars, Jon Finer for Deputy Nat'l Security Advisor, and @A_Sloat for NSC Sr Director for Europe. #StateDept https://t.co/z6w13MiCZp
— Donald Camp (@donacamp) January 5, 2021
.@wendyrsherman, Toria Nuland, @jonfiner, Kurt Campbell, @A_Sloat, @brett_mcgurk – not household names perhaps but reason for all of us to sleep better at night + strong signals to Russia Iran Asia DPRK Middle East Europehttps://t.co/qDehSRsnq6 via @michaelcrowley @SangerNYT
— Ben Chang (@whoisbenchang) January 6, 2021
LIVE: Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol https://t.co/mK6Wl9oxP5
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 6, 2021
Trump's legacy in one single image.
— Alexandre Krauss (@AlexandreKrausz) January 6, 2021
Trump und seine Unterstützer sollten endlich die Entscheidung der amerikanischen Wähler*Innen akzeptieren und aufhören, die Demokratie mit Füßen zu treten. (2)
— Heiko Maas 🇪🇺 (@HeikoMaas) January 6, 2021
FM #Schallenberg: „Deeply disturbed by the assault on #democracy that is happening right now in #WashingtonDC. The #Capitol is a symbol of American democracy and it is unacceptable to have it utterly disrespected by such violence, hatred and chaos.“
— MFA Austria (@MFA_Austria) January 6, 2021
Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 6, 2021
I am following with concern the news that are coming from Capitol Hill in Washington. I trust in the strength of America's democracy.
The new Presidency of @JoeBiden will overcome this time of tension, uniting the American people.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) January 6, 2021
Seguo con grande preoccupazione quanto sta accadendo a #Washington. La violenza è incompatibile con l’esercizio dei diritti politici e delle libertà democratiche. Confido nella solidità e nella forza delle Istituzioni degli Stati Uniti. #CapitolHill
— Giuseppe Conte (@GiuseppeConteIT) January 6, 2021
Les violences contre les institutions américaines sont une atteinte grave contre la démocratie. Je les condamne. La volonté et le vote du peuple américain doivent etre respectés.
— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) January 6, 2021
In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege.
This is an unseen assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law.
This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) January 6, 2021
As Chairperson of the @OSCE I express the deepest concern at developments in Washington DC. I call for peaceful return to order and respect for the democratic process. The outcome of a democratic election, as well as constitutional principles must be respected. #OSCE2021SWE
— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) January 6, 2021
Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) January 6, 2021
Concerning scenes in Washington, D.C. I’m confident American democracy will overcome this challenge. The rule of law & democratic procedures need to be restored as soon as possible. This is important not only for the U.S., but for Ukraine and the entire democratic world as well.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) January 6, 2021
Peaceful transition of power is a sign of mature #democracy which is 🇺🇸. #RuleofLaw is not the rule of the street. We strongly believe in the supremacy of democratic values in our allied country. #Washington
— Gitanas Nausėda (@GitanasNauseda) January 6, 2021
Very worrying scenes from #WashingtoDC. I have full confidence in the rule of law and democratic process in the US
— Urmas Reinsalu (@UrmasReinsalu) January 6, 2021
Rechazamos los actos de violencia presentados el día de hoy durante el acto de conteo del voto del colegio electoral en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos y manifiesto mi solidaridad y respaldo a los honorables miembros del Congreso y a todas las instituciones.
— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) January 6, 2021
Shocking & deeply sad scenes in Washington DC – we must call this out for what it is: a deliberate assault on Democracy by a sitting President & his supporters, attempting to overturn a free & fair election! The world is watching!
We hope for restoration of calm. pic.twitter.com/1OdQYEB35K
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) January 6, 2021
The situation in #WashingtonDC is deeply disturbing and alarming, and an unacceptable attack on democracy. President Trump has a particular responsibility to ensure that the situation comes under control – FM #EriksenSoreide pic.twitter.com/UPWwUDrQ3d
— Norway MFA (@NorwayMFA) January 6, 2021
Following with great concern the events in #WashingtonDC.
Upholding democratic institutions and peaceful transition of power is of utmost importance.
— Gordan Grlić Radman (@grlicradman) January 6, 2021
Canada is deeply shocked by the situation in Washington DC. The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to democracy – it must continue and it will.
We are following developments closely and our thoughts are with the American people.
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) January 6, 2021
Very distressing scenes at the US Congress. We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 6, 2021
This holiday season, Jose Mari Chan, Chargé d’Affaires John Law, and the U.S. Embassy community spread love and cheer while honoring the efforts of our frontline workers.
— U.S. Embassy in the Philippines (@USEmbassyPH) December 24, 2020
Zapraszamy do obejrzenia świątecznego filmu naszej Ambasady 🎄🎄🎄 pic.twitter.com/VgatWH5JwT
— US Embassy Warsaw (@USEmbassyWarsaw) December 22, 2020
To celebrate the holiday season, our colleagues at the Consulate came up with this fun performance.
While you enjoy the festivities – stay safe and stay healthy!#holidayseason #festive #holidays #winter #Christmas #NewYear #stayhome #staysafe pic.twitter.com/apzixTpygY
— U.S. Consulate General Lahore (@USCGLahore) December 24, 2020
Kažu da su zabava i smeh prirodan lek. U čudnoj godini koja nam je donela mnogo stresa i distance pokušali smo da na neobičan način donesemo i malo vedrijih nota za njen kraj. Srećni praznici, budite mi zdravi i šašavi! pic.twitter.com/14y8rTsPj5
— Ambassador Anthony Godfrey (@usambserbia) December 23, 2020
US EMBASSY CHIȘINĂU, MOLDOVA
#HoHoHo – Este ha sido un año lleno de desafíos, pero eso no impide que hoy cantemos para celebrar la #Navidad. Únete a nosotros y cantemos juntos por la esperanza y el amor de estas fechas. #MerryChristmas #FelizNavidad pic.twitter.com/N8GX3txIHl
— US Embassy Ecuador (@USembassyEC) December 24, 2020
🎄Els diplomàtics del consolat general dels Estats Units a Barcelona us desitgen unes molt bones festes!
Happy holidays! ¡Felices fiestas! pic.twitter.com/awYtPKvn8p
— USConsulateBarcelona (@USConsulateBCN) December 24, 2020
— US Embassy Bogota (@USEmbassyBogota) December 25, 2020
Today, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch was sworn-in by Secretary Tillerson at the Washington Passport Agency. pic.twitter.com/MYcPEF2s7w
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 31, 2017
Linda! Reunited! You will be as amazing in Turtle Bay as you were in Foggy Bottom. You really are the best of the Foreign Service and the best of America. https://t.co/taEubRED9t
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) November 23, 2020
America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is. I'm proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President's Climate Envoy.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) November 23, 2020
The messages from friends and colleagues that I’ve received over the past 15 hours have been humbling.
Honored to announce, officially, that I have been nominated to serve as Secretary of State. If confirmed, this is a mission I will take on with my full heart.
— Antony Blinken (@ABlinken) November 23, 2020
My mother taught me to lead with the power of kindness and compassion to make the world a better place. I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations.
— Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@LindaT_G) November 23, 2020
When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge. Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
— Alejandro Mayorkas (@AliMayorkas) November 23, 2020
President-elect Biden taught me what it takes to safeguard our national security at the highest levels of our government. Now, he has asked me to serve as his National Security Advisor. In service, I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe.
— Jake Sullivan (@jakejsullivan) November 23, 2020
Get yourself a DNI who…
–is a brown belt in judo
–built a plane, married her flying instructor, flew across the Atlantic
–became a bookstore owner/community activist
–nerds out on treaties
–is the nicest human alivehttps://t.co/qaBocU6uSxhttps://t.co/TrrjdC5JC4
— Zev Karlin-Neumann (@zkarlinn) November 23, 2020