Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration for secretary of state if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, a trusted source confirmed to NBC News Thursday night.
Politico first reported that Biden is "at the top of a short list" of the Clinton's transition team's list for the post.
Biden, a senator for 36 years who has served as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before becoming vice president, has hammered Donald Trump over his cozy statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House calls Biden on its website "a leading architect of the U.S. strategic vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace." Biden in an August trip to Latvia assured that nation and the Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania that the U.S. is committed to defend NATO countries against any Russian aggression.
Clinton has stressed that she is still focused on the campaign even while a transition process is under way.