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

Added 11-27-20 08:11:02pm EST - “If confirmed, Ret. US Army Gen. Lloyd Austin would be the first Black defense secretary for the United States.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Biden reportedly considering a retired four-star general to lead US military, would be first Black defense secretary if confirmed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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.

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.

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