The United States Congress approved the appointment of former General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense by a large majority. Become the first African American to take charge of the Pentagon.
The four-star ex-general got 93 votes in favor and only 2 votes against. During his career in the military, he was, among other things, a commander in Iraq and commander of Central Command, the US command center focused on the Middle East, Africa, and large parts of Western Asia. After his active career, he went to work in business.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve our country as the 28th Secretary of Defense,” Austin wrote on Twitter. “I’m particularly proud to be the first African American to hold that position. Let work begin.”
Austin, 67, is the second member of Joe Biden’s government to be approved by elected officials after Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines.
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