22 ianuarie 2021

Senate approves ex-Gen. Austin as first Black defense secretary on 93-2 vote


The Senate Friday overwhelmingly approved former Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense, giving President Biden a key member for his national security team. The final vote was 93-2.The 41-year Army veteran, a former head of U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, becomes the nation’s first Black defense secretary. He had been a key military adviser to Mr. Biden when he was vice president in the Obama administration.Just two Republicans ended up voting against the nominee: Sens. Mike Lee of [...]