Barack Obama nominates John Kerry for secretary of state
President Barack Obama named Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as his choice to become the next U.S. secretary of state, saying he has the respect and trust of leaders around the world.
Kerry would replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has previously said she planned to leave the post. Obama said Kerry would continue the work that she’s done to restore U.S. influence globally.
Kerry “is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training,” Obama said in making the announcement at the White House. His knowledge of U.S. policy and relationships with foreign leaders “makes him a perfect choice” to become secretary of state.
The nomination of Kerry, 69, a Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is subject to Senate confirmation and sets in motion a shuffle of Obama’s top national security and foreign policy advisers for his second term.