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Presidential Candidate Joe Biden in the American Elections has announced his new Pentagon nominee.
Biden unveiled retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his new defence secretary nominee — if he takes office next year as President.
Austin will be the first African American to lead the Pentagon, where he’s led the US Central Command before his retirement during the year 2016.
The General would need to require a waiver from Congress to override a law that states a secretary must wait seven years from active service to take a top civilian post.
The U.S. Lawmakers were very wary about granting the waiver for Austin after one was awarded to current President Donald J. Trump’s first defence secretary.
Austin is the sixth African American to hold a rank of an Army four-star General — he was the first to lead Army corps in combat.
Image: Joe Biden (Gettyimages), General Lloyd Austin (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)