WASHINGTON, D.C. — (12-07-20) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to announce retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his Secretary of Defense. According to sources with inside knowledge, the president-elect decided to pick Austin as his Pentagon chief a few days ago.
While he was busy getting pressure every political group known to man including the mainstream media, the president-elect had already made his choice for whom he wanted to head up the Defense Department.
Politico reports…“In recent days, Austin, the former commander of U.S. Central Command, had emerged as a top-tier candidate, although Biden also considered former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for the job. The retired general is believed to be a good soldier who would carry out the president-elect’s agenda.” Reports Politico.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Austin would be the third former military officer to serve as Defense Secretary, after retired Gen. George Marshall and Trump’s first Pentagon chief, retired Gen. James Mattis.
The Biden administration will need to request a waiver for Retired Gen. Lloyd Austi to serve since per U.S. Code, commissioned officers cannot serve as Secretary of Defense unless he or she has been out of the active service for seven years. The General retired in 2016, after which he took a position on the board of defense contractor Raytheon Technologies.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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