Social media users shared a video of Mr Blinken’s Sesame Street appearance ahead of a scheduled announcement on Tuesday by president-elect Biden on who will take top positions in his administration.
The 58-year-old, who was expected to be named as Mr Biden’s appointment for Secretary of State, said on Sesame Street at the time that refugees are “just like you and me”.
The appointment to the State Department will, as both social media users and political commentators pointed out, come in contrast with Trump administration attacks on refugees.
Speaking with Sesame Street’s Grover character at the United Nations in New York, the Obama administration official said refugees “are people who’ve had to leave their homes because life in their countries was not safe for them.”
“Grover, can you imagine how difficult it would be to have to leave your home?” added Mr Blinken, to which Grover responded: “No, I cannot, I would never want to leave Sesame Street”.
“Sadly, refugees have to leave everything behind”, Mr Blinken then added, before saying that “even though they come from many different places, they’re just like you and me.”
Mr Blinken also shared the same video to Twitter at the time, and wrote: “This school year, some kids will have new classmates: refugees. Grover & I discuss how to make them feel welcome in their new communities.”
The then-deputy Secretary of State had been addressing concerns around the 2015-2016 migration crisis, having said that summer that: “No single country can solve [the] global refugee crisis alone”.
He previously served as deputy national security adviser to Mr Biden as vice president.
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