Lloyd Austin: Joe Biden nominates 1st African-American as defence secretary
- US president elect Joe Biden said Lloyd Austin understands how to handle terrorism threats well
- Retired Army major general Paul Eaton who served with Austin described him as a man of integrity and the right choice for the job
- According to Biden, he trusts Austin because he knows how he reacts under pressure
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United States president elect Joe Biden has made history by nominating Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star army general to be his defence secretary as he continues to organise his administration ahead of his swearing-in ceremony in January 2021.
Austin will in the process become the first African-American to head the pentagon with over 2.2 million service members.
Biden confirmed the news on his Twitter page on Tuesday, December 8, saying his nominee understands how to handle terrorism threats well.
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His tweet read:
"I know General Austin. I trust him. Because I know how he reacts under pressure. When ISIS emerged as a terrorist threat, President Obama and I turned to General Austin in the Situation Room and he led us through. Now, I turn to him again as Secretary of Defense."
Retired Army major general Paul Eaton who served with the 67-year-old described him as a man of integrity saying he was a great pick to lead the US military in a dangerous world. Eaton said:
"He is a man of the highest integrity. Steady in the saddle. Great command climate. General Austin is a great pick to lead our military in a dangerous world."
It was earlier report by Legit.ng that Biden will be announcing a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale 'Wally' Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary.
Adeyemo will serve under former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, who will be appointed to lead the US Treasury Department.
Legit.ng gathered that Adeyemo, who was raised in California, was a former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration.
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