|Born||Antony John Blinken|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University, Columbia University|
|Parents|| • Donald M. Blinken|
• Judith Blinken
|Member of||French-American Foundation/Young Leaders, Trilateral Commission, WestExec Advisors|
Tony Blinken is an American government official and lobbyist. He worked as Deputy National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2015 and Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 under Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama. Blinken has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden as his nominee for the position of Secretary of State.
Blinken was born in New York City to Jewish parents, Judith (Frehm) and Donald M. Blinken, the former United States Ambassador to Hungary and one of the founder of deep state connected private equity firm Warburg Pincus,
He was a member of the National Security Council (NSC) staff from 1994 to 2001. From 1994 to 1998, Blinken was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning and NSC Senior Director for Speechwriting. From 1999 to 2001, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Canadian Affairs.
He supported the U.S.–led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blinken assisted Biden in formulating a proposal in the Senate to establish in Iraq three independent regions divided along ethnic or sectarian lines.
While nominally "expressing support for the democratically elected Turkish government",he tried to protect US assets by criticizing the purges of officers and others after the CIA-supported coup attempt in 2016.
He supported the Saudi-led and US backed invasion of Yemen.
In 2020, Blinken disclosed the clients he advised through WestExec Advisors. Those clients included the investment giant Blackstone, Bank of America, Facebook, Uber, McKinsey & Company, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, the investment bank Lazard, Boeing, AT&T, the Royal Bank of Canada, LinkedIn and Sotheby’s auction house. WestExec has paid Blinken nearly $1.2 million during 2018-19, with another estimated $250,000 to $500,000 owed for his work in 2020.
Blinken, as well as other Biden transition team members Michele Flournoy, former Pentagon advisor, and Lloyd Austin, nominee for Secretary of Defense, was a partner of private equity firm Pine Island Capital Partners, a strategic partner of WestExec. Pine Island's chairman is John Thain, the final chairman of Merrill Lynch before its sale to Bank of America.