The United States Senate confirmed to the second official member of the cabinet of Joe Biden, the retired general Lloyd Austin, as the new Secretary of Defense. The ex-military nomination was ratified by 93 votes to 2 and became the first African American to command the Pentagon.
Austin retired in 2016 and to take office he had to receive the approval of an exemption from the law by the House and Senate, which received the green light this Thursday. This legal body allowed that he did not have to wait seven years after his retirement, as established by law, to be in command of the portfolio.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary of Defense, and I am especially proud of being the first African American to hold the position. Let’s get to work, ”said the general on his Twitter account.
It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary of Defense, and I’m especially proud to be the first African American to hold the position. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/qPAzVRxz9L
— Lloyd Austin (@LloydAustin) January 22, 2021
Regarding your mandate, Lloyd Austin assured that he would like to end the conflict with Afghanistan:“I think we are going to make every effort to ensure that happens,” he said. This corresponds to the longest war in which the US has been involved.
“I think that this conflict must come to an end, you know,” and further added that “we must see that an agreement is reached, and, as President Biden wants to see, I think we want to see an Afghanistan in the future that does not pose a threat to the US. “
In addition, the retired general said that United States troops in the world should focus their efforts on Asia, where in addition pointed out that China will be the “most significant challenge” and described Iran as “A destabilizing force”, during the confirmation hearing earlier in the week.
On the contrary, the mandate of former President Donald Trump in defense matters was always marked by a withdrawal of troops in areas of operation such as Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. However, before handing over the charge, he said feel proud for having been the first president in decades that did not start new wars.