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Biden reportedly considering a retired four-star general to lead US military, would be first Black defense secretary if confirmed

Posted On: Nov 27, 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Biden reportedly considering a retired four-star general to lead US military, would be first Black defense secretary if confirmed

Summary List Placement President-elect Joe Biden is adding to his list of potential defense secretaries a retired US Army general, according to an Axios report published Friday.
Biden is reportedly considering Lloyd Austin, a Black four-star general with over four decades in the military. Austin's name is one of several others being floated to lead the Pentagon in the incoming Biden administration. Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, is another possible candidate for the job.
Biden's team is considering other factors in addition to experience for their selection, including a candidate's race, unnamed sources told Axios. Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina previously told The Hill that although he heard Black candidates were "given fair consideration," only one Black person had been named to Biden's cabinet so far.
Former diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Black woman, was selected to be the next United Nations ambassador.
"I want to see where the process leads to,...

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