The United States Senate has confirmed US general Lloyd Austin as the first Black chief of the pentagon. The final vote was 93 to 2, with only two Senate Republicans – Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri – opposing Austin’s nomination.
Austin took to his Twitter page to announce his new position and said it was a great honor, the privilege to be the first black man to take on such huge responsibility. He mentioned that despite being the first he hopes not to be the last.
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Lloyd Austin will oversee the 1.3 million active-duty men and women who make up the nation’s military. The retired four-star general received overwhelming support from both Biden’s Democrats and opposition Republicans, even though his confirmation was complicated by his status as a recently retired general and required a waiver of a legal prohibition on a military officer serving as secretary of defense within seven years of retirement.
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