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U.S. will defend troops and interests after rocket attack in Iraq, Defense Secretary says
"Understand and respect the reservations that some of you have expressed about having another recently retired general at the head of the department of defense the safety and security of our democracy demands competent civilian control of our armed forces the subordination of military power to the civil. I spent my entire life. Committed to that principle. Retired general. Lloyd austin at his confirmation hearing to become the nation's first black defense secretary now on the job just over six weeks. We sat down to discuss the obstacles facing the military across the middle east the kovin pandemic and extremism within the ranks. But i began by asking him about his transition from army four star general to civilian chief of the armed forces lloyd illustrations years in uniform stretched from the halls of west. Point to the battlefields of iraq. Where i shed a ride out of baghdad with him back in twenty eleven. How does your combat experience your forty one years in uniform guide you now as a civilian leader you certainly come into the position With a great appreciation for the complexities of combat and you also have an appreciation for the impact that combat has not only on the country that you're fighting in but also on the resources of the country set are actually fighting. We wanna lead with diplomacy in every case but if deterrence fails and you must fight you fight to win and so you wanna make sure that that your your troops are properly resource properly trained and focus the right way so that they can not only win but when decisively during his forty one years in the army it was not just combat that tested austin. He broke through many racial barriers. Along the way. I can remember going to a bus station with my mother and looking at the restrooms that were male female in colored. That's kind of how we started. How i started as a child and to rise to To be able to rise to position of secretary of defense in my lifetime is quite incredible. But you have to ask yourself you know why it took so long to have an african american secretary of defense. What we wanna make sure happens going forward is that i am not the last african american secretary of defense that we create those opportunities in our ranks for african americans and hispanics to rise to the very highest ranks in our military and to that end. Battling extremism is high on his agenda. I wanna turn to to january. Sixth more than forty veterans have been arrested from that day. You have asked for one day standdown for everyone to talk about extremism. What are you hearing in terms of extremism in the ranks. I just got an initial brief bag from From our service secretaries on on how they're conducting the stand down they're all going about it in a in a bit of a different way as you would expect great initiative They're all doing great work. They're having some really in depth conversations with their troops on On values on the oath that we took on the importance of unit cohesion. This is not about You know political parties or political political beliefs. This is behavior that can really tear at the fabric of our institution And so we want to make sure that our troops are reminded of of what our values are reminded of the oath that we took coming in and and my belief my strong belief martha is at ninety nine point nine percent of our troops embrace those values and are focused on the right things and are doing the right things each and every day and want him move to iraq. This week we saw a second significant attack with those ten rockets. Do you know who did it. And what kind of responses might we expect. We're still developing the intelligence. They're encouraging the iraqis to move as fast as i can to investigate the incident and they are doing that but you can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts. We wanna make sure that Again we understand. Who's responsible for this The message to those that that would carry out such a such an attack. Is that you know. Expect us to do necessary to defend ourselves. We'll strike if that's what we think we need to do. At a time and place of our own choosing we demand the right to protect our troops has iran been given the message that this is not an escalation when we retaliate. iran is Is fully capable of assessing You know the strike and and our activities and draw their own conclusions but what they should draw from. This again is that we're going to defend our troops and are responsible be thoughtful. It will be appropriate. We would hope that they would choose to do the right things
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"And the listeners of KQED. This is weekend edition from NPR News on Lulu Garcia Navarro. Two weeks after a violent mob carried racist symbols into the capital, Army General Lloyd Austin, now the first black secretary of defense, was on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing. Austin told senators he is aware that some in the mob had connections to the military. And he promised to crack down on the job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. We can't do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks, But as NPR's Quil Lawrence reports, the military has been making similar promises for years, with so far little to show. Dozens of vets are still serving military took part in the January 6th attack on Congress. Another dozen members of the National Guard were removed from the detail of guarding President Joe Biden's inauguration at least two for extremist connections. With a million people in the military. That's a small number less than 1%, but still significant. If I say Hey, less than 1% of that drink that you've got his sign I did you step In another time. Carter Smith worked Army criminal investigations for 22 years or less than 1% of your sandwiches. Dog crap. You're taking another body. You're going to get you another sandwich. Smith is skeptical of Pentagon promises after spending decades trying to root out gangs and white supremacist from the military. Just last month, a Pentagon report admitted there is still no standardized data about the numbers and suggested further research is needed. Earlier this month, a senior defense official told NPR There's been an increase in extremist activity in 2020, but that official had no figures on recruits disqualified or troops facing discipline or criminal charges. Troops who are radicalized aren't always easy to spot, Smith says, since many lay low while in service with the aim of picking up military skills, they're just good at keeping hidden because they're a small fraction of the military. But when you lose that on a civilian society that doesn't have the ability to track it down or identify it. It's literally like poison. He says. It's important to focus on active duty troops because there's much less that can be done once they become veterans. It's not easy, but there are mechanisms for active duty troops to be punished for hate group activity. Once troops become civilians, veterans, they conjoined whatever group they choose, and even hate speech is protected by the First Amendment. But even when the military kicks out a Klansman or militia member, unless there's a crime, they have no system to tell the local police or FBI. If somebody's thrown out of the military for white supremacist activities, you need to let the FBI know about it. Heidi by Rick is with the global project against hate and extremism, she says. The military has some good regulations on the books. Sharing data with federal authorities, for example, has been the law since 1990. The military just doesn't do it. And she suggests more vetting, looking at recruits social media accounts and keeping a tattoo database of hate group insignia. Myrick is encouraged by one thing, though one of the big problems the last four years is we didn't have somebody in the White House who would unequivocally denounce white supremacy and anti government extremism. And doing that is actually a big deal. What the commander in chief says matters in the military. And so it makes a big difference when public figures and elected officials take a stand against white supremacy, and hopefully we're going to return to that. That was the norm, no matter who was in office, Republican or Democrat for some time until these past four years. She watched the Senate confirmation hearings for General Lloyd Austin, And while he didn't offer many specifics, she was encouraged that he clearly stated extremists will not be tolerated inside the military. And having a black man lead the Pentagon for the first time, will also send a message from the new commander in chief. Quil Lawrence. NPR news Hours after being sworn in. Last week, President Biden took his first official steps to address climate change. He revoked a permit for a controversial oil pipeline and rejoined the Paris climate agreement, which the Trump Administration had withdrawn from to talk about the shift and what more to expect. We're joined now by Nathan Rott, a member of NPR's climate team. Good morning. Hey, Good morning. So let's start with the big headline rejoining the Paris climate Agreement significant in principle, but doesn't really mean anything. Yeah, I mean, look, it means the U. S isn't on the outside looking in when it comes to international efforts to stave off, you know, catastrophic climate change. So that's pretty significant. You know, nearly 200 countries signed on to the Paris Accord, which aims to limit global warming to Ah, let's say quasi, I may be manageable level, and the U. S. Is the only country that had withdrawn from that. And the irony is that the U. S was one of the key architects in making the agreement back in 2015. Here's Shyla Raghav, who's with the environmental group Conservation International. The four years of reversals, rollbacks and United States, having neglected or abdicated its its role or responsibility and addressing climate change definitely had a negative impact on the kind of global motivation and pace of action on climate change. That's why she says, you know, having by and rejoin the agreement on his first day in office is so meaningful, you know, it sends a clear sick Go to the rest of the world that the US is serious about addressing climate change again, and that's important, of course, because the U. S can sort of leverage its own power toe help move other countries along like China and India. That's important on a sort of global level. But what does it mean for me? And you so honestly? Not that much, You know, at least not right now. I wasn't expecting that. Okay. You know, we're not entirely sure what strategies buying is actually gonna use to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We know that he's likely to invest money in renewable energy sources He made tough in.
Defense Secretary Nominee: US Faces Enemies Both at Home and Abroad
"The newly confirmed Pentagon chief says he's concerned about extremists in the military. MPR's Cole Lawrence reports. That's in response to the many veterans involved in the attack on the Capitol. Retired General Lloyd Austin is the country's first black secretary of defense. At his confirmation hearing this week, he told senators that he's aware of the persistent problem of white supremacists and militia groups enlisting in the military. Which he saw himself during 40 years in the army. The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. We can't do that. If some of those enemies lie within our own ranks on NPR investigation found that of the people charged so far in the January 6th attack on Congress, about one in five had served in the military. Many of the police who defended the capital are also veterans, including Officer Brian Sick, Nick, who died after being assaulted by the mob.
Lloyd Austin Confirmed As 1st Black Pentagon Chief
"Biden's cabinet is starting to come together. Brian shook with details. General lloyd austin is now. The secretary of defense after being easily confirmed today. Meantime senate majority leader. Chuck schumer says. The senate will take janet yellen treasury secretary nomination on monday.
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"What we saw with. We saw a huge amount for demand on our services. But we did see a sharp drop off numbers of sick people needing ambulances toe urgently get them to hospital are higher now than in the first covert wave. Charles Dillon Asthma London AP News. I'm Ed Donahue. The plan is for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate Monday. Senate rules of the article arrives. Have started trial. Right down. Minority leader Mitch McConnell wants more time He wants a trial to start in about 3 to 4 weeks That timeline would have provided the Senate from Mork four time before we step up fully into the unknown of a trial, majority leader Chuck Schumer says no matter what, there will be a trial, It will be a full trial. Will be a fair trial humor says senators will have to decide if Donald Trump inside of the insurrection at the Capitol Baseball Hall of Famer and former home run champion Hank Aaron has died. He was 86 No cause of death was given. Here's the AP Soccer McGahn In the old time alphabetical roll call Henry Louis Erin's name comes up first. It also shows up at or near the top of most major statistical categories. Hammering Hank 755 home runs pushed Babe Ruth out of the top. Our spot. Aaron also is the all time leader in R B. I's total bases and extra base hits. His pursuit of Ruth's home run record drew out the worst in society. He saved boxes of racist hate mail from people who did not want a black man to beat the Babe's record. One went on to become one of baseball's highest ranking executives serving in the Atlanta Braves front office. I'm soccer Megan President Biden ordered a pause on all border wall construction. One of 17 executive orders issued his first day in office. It leaves billions of dollars in unfinished work under contract. Derek L. Meena, the master tenant of a San Francisco Bay area warehouse where 36 people perished in a 2016 fire pleaded guilty to the deaths. Retired General Lloyd Austin one Senate confirmation to become the nation's first black secretary of defense. Dr Anthony Fauci says a lack of candor and fax about the coronavirus under President Trump very likely cost lives. This is AP News. Authorities in Russia are taking elaborate moves to curb protests over the jailing of opposition lawmaker Alexei Navalny. The protests being planned for Saturday in more than 60, Russian cities. Universities and colleges have urged students not to attend rallies, with some saying students may be subject to disciplinary action if they do as well. The Valley's associates in Moscow and other regions have been detained while opposition supporters on independent journalists have been approached by police with official warnings against protesting. Navalny. Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, was arrested on Sunday when he returned to Russia from Germany after recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. I'm Charles the Leveson police in London say they broke up a wedding attended by 400 people, despite a nationwide lockdown that bars households from mixing The venue was a school whose principal died from the coronavirus last year. Ed Donahue. AP News.
Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense
"Both the House and Senate granted a waiver to defense secretary nominee retired Army General Lloyd Austin granting him eligibility for the post years earlier than normal. Richard can to ABC News It's worth, noting General Lloyd Austin will be the first black secretary of defense and U. S history. Also today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Janet Yellen's nomination as Treasury secretary. If confirmed, she would become the first woman to hold the
Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense
"Senate this morning confirmed retired Army General Lloyd Austin as defense secretary. The Yays are 93 the knees or two and the nomination is confirmed. He's the first black secretary of defense retired four years ago. Defense secretaries are supposed to have been civilians for at least the last seven years, but Congress approved a waiver.
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"15th home run in 1974 broke the record that was set by Babe Ruth. The 86 year old Aaron was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982. No word yet on the cause of his death. Meanwhile, in Washington, Congress is moving forward on the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. I've spoken to Speaker Pelosi who in for me. That the articles will be delivered to the Senate on Monday. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer making the announcement, the minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, is called for a delay to February. This impeachment began with an unprecedented like fast and minimal process over in the House. Sequel cannot be an insufficient Senate process that denies former President Trump his due process. Or damages. The Senate For the presidency itself. Senate today is voting on the confirmation of retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of defense confirmation of Tony Blinken, his secretary of state is also likely. The White House press secretary Jen Psaki and squad answered questions about whether the goal of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations in 100 Days is enough, she told ABC today. We're not packing our bags at 100 million shots in the arms of Americans, but we want to make sure that people know that we're gonna hold ourselves accountable. We're going to do everything to make sure we're getting as many people vaccinated as possible. Today. President Biden will take executive action targeting the economy. He'll sign one order that will boost support for food assistance. You're listening. To ABC News. Arizona's.
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"To food assistance. Another will require federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage. The administration has also taken action on immigration policy, stopping most deportations for 100 days. Starting today, Congress has sent the president the first bill that he will sign into law. It's a measure to allow retired General Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense. The House and the Senate yesterday easily passed a waiver. That would allow Austin to hold the position and clear the way for him to be confirmed as the defense secretary today. The action on his nomination comes despite bipartisan concerns about preserving civilian control of the military. Austin would be the first black secretary of defense in U. S history. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House is ready to proceed with former President Trump's second impeachment trial, but She says Transmission of the articles is being held up by questions about how the trial will work We will be and then every few days I'll be talking with the managers as to when the Senate will be ready for the trial. ABC News correspondent John Parkinson is with us this morning from the nation's capital. Good Morning, John Morning, Greg. What are the Republicans saying about all of this or were they willing to go along? Well, it's really now the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, trying to delay this timeline. He's proposed that they, you know, don't start this until the president former president's defense team is Able Tol work out its strategy, a zoo we saw yesterday, President Trump finally hired his first letter T O help defend him from this impeachment case. But all the lawyers that helped him the first time around about a year ago and said that they don't want to be part of this. And even the president's own personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that he won't be part of the defense strategy either. Once this comes to trial in the Senate, so I think that you know, as you looked at commitment, Connell's Trying to delay this as much as you can. It's really in Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's hands right now, But McConnell, you know is working his best to try and delay this. You know, One thing about that delay is that I want to highlight is, I think the longer it takes To get this trial underway, The less likely there will be Senate Republicans to vote to convict the president. You know, just the more time that passes since the capital, please. I think that you know, it's just less likely that A lot of these Republicans who said that they, you know, appreciated what the House was doing. The bill ultimately vote to convict the president. So that's something to watch for, as well. Thanks for the update. We appreciate it. ABC is John Parkinson with US from Washington, D. C. Japan is dismissing reports that the Tokyo Olympics are being canceled. Multiple reports say that the Japanese government has concluded that this year's games this summer would have to be canceled because of the pandemic. Today, a Japanese government spokesman said. There's no truth to the rumors. Japan's prime minister says he's determined to hold the Tokyo Olympics as proof that quote mankind has overcome the virus. The games are scheduled for July. 23rd come on his time. 5 50.
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"Getting ready for two new executive orders today to deal with the covert crisis for the past year. We couldn't rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed today. He'll sign in order to increase food assistance to some Americans give further aid the unemployed and clear the way for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 minimum wage. We directed the federal Emergency management agency FEMA to start standing up the first federally supported community vaccination centers on yesterday, the president issued 10 orders to also speed up vaccinations and implement travel mask mandates. Fox is Peter Doocy at the White House president Biden likes to talk a lot about how covert 19 and mask wearing are not political issues, but a key part of his response team who also led President Trump's response, Dr Anthony Fauci just made some Very political observations about Biden versus Trump One of the new things and this administration's If you don't have the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer The idea. That you can get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence what the sciences and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling. The president is proposing a five year extension to the start treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms pact with Russia, which said today it welcomes the negotiations with the treaty set to expire in less than two weeks in Congress on this vote, the ayes are 326. The nays are 78. That house vote helped set up the one later this morning in the Senate expected to confirm General Lloyd Austin, his defense secretary, He needed a waiver that both the House and Senate approved Because he hadn't been retired from the military. The required seven years. Isis claimed responsibility for the twin Iraq's.
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"For two new executive orders today to deal with the covert crisis for the past year. We couldn't rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed today. He'll sign in order to increase food assistance to some Americans give further aid the unemployed and clear the way for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 minimum wage. We directed the federal Emergency management agency FEMA to start standing up the first federally supported community vaccination centers yesterday, the president issued 10 orders to also speed up vaccinations and implement travel mask mandates. Fox is Peter Doocy at the White House president Biden likes to talk a lot about how covert 19 and mask wearing are not political issues, but a key part of his response team who also led President Trump's response, Dr Anthony Fauci just made some Very political observations about Biden versus Trump One of the new things and this administration's If you don't have the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer The idea. That you can get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence what the sciences and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling. The president is proposing a five year extension to the start treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms pact with Russia, which said today it welcomes the negotiations with the treaty set to expire in less than two weeks in Congress on this vote, the ayes are 326. The nays are 78. That house vote helped set up the one later this morning in the Senate expected to confirm General Lloyd Austin, his defense secretary, He needed a waiver that both the House and Senate approved Because he hadn't been retired from the military. The required seven years. Isis claimed responsibility for the twin Iraq's suicide bombings yesterday,.
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"To get a $15 minimum wage. We directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA to start standing up the first federally supported community vaccination centers. Yesterday, The president issued 10 orders to also speed up vaccinations and implement Travel mask mandates. Fox is Peter Doocy at the White House. President Biden likes to talk a lot about how covert 19 and mask wearing are not political issues, but a key part of his response team who also led President Trump's response, Dr Anthony Fauci just made some very political observations about Biden versus Trump One of the new things and this administration's If you don't have the answer, don't guess. Just say You don't know the answer The idea. That you can get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence what the sciences and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling that the president is proposing a five year extension to the start treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms pact with Russia, which said today it welcomes the negotiations with the treaty set to expire in less than two weeks in Congress on this vote, the age of 326. The nays are 78. That house vote helped set up the one later this morning in the Senate expected to confirm General Lloyd Austin, his defense secretary, He needed a waiver that both the House and Senate approved Because he hadn't been retired from the military. The required seven years. Isis claimed responsibility for the twin Iraq's suicide bombings yesterday, killing 32 people in a busy Baghdad market entering 100, others Americans listening to Fox News From the Bucks, News Podcasts Network download and listen to the media buzz meter with Howard Kurtz, besides was charged with 17 counts of espionage and one of computer misuse over the Wiki leaks publication of those thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents, his lawyer, so he's acting as a journalist. I'd like to see that Testament corner never regarded you leave a sign that the journalist I don't think it takes the precautions that journalists do. They could just tries to do damage.
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"Two new executive orders today to deal with the covert crisis for the past year. We couldn't rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed today. He'll sign in order to increase food assistance to some Americans give further aid the unemployed and clear the way for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 minimum wage. We directed the federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. Start standing up the first federally supported community vaccination centers. Yesterday, the president issued 10 orders to also speed up vaccinations and implement travel mask mandates. Fox is Peter Doocy at the White House president Biden likes to talk a lot about how covert 19 and mask wearing are not political issues, but a key part of his response team who also led President Trump's response, Dr Anthony Fauci. Just made some very political observations about Biden versus Trump One of the new things and this administration's If you don't have the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer The idea. That you can get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence what the sciences and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling. The president is proposing a five year extension to the start treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms pact with Russia, which said today it welcomes the negotiations with the treaty set to expire in less than two weeks in Congress on this vote, the ayes are 326. The nays are 78. That house vote helped set up the one later this morning in the Senate expected to confirm General Lloyd Austin, his defense secretary, He needed a waiver that both the House and Senate approved Because he hadn't been retired from the military. The required seven years. Isis claimed responsibility for the twin Iraq's suicide bombings.
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"And people's arms and to increase vaccines supply and get it out. The door is fastest possible. President Biden signs Morrell executive orders and serves notice that America's war on Covert 19 is under a new command President Biden invoking the Defense production act to speed up the vaccine supply chain, as states and cities run out New York City just canceled 23,000 appointments after a delivery delay of the Madonna vaccine. Fox is Aisha Hosni. Dr Toni Fellegi, who's staying on at the White House says he can feel a difference under the new administration. The idea That you can get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence? What the sciences and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling felt, she says reports the Trump administration lacked the plan to vaccinate Americans is not true this as covert deaths in the U. S jumped by nearly 5000 in 24 hours. More than 410,000 yesterday. The Senate could confirm retired General Lloyd Austin to be defense secretary. As early as today. Congress granted him a waiver yesterday to take the civilian job. Senate voting on this vote, the ayes or 69. The nays are 27 the 60 vote threshold Having been achieved, the bill is passed. The House also agreed to let the nomination go forward. Austin needed a waiver because he has not been out of the military the required seven years. And President Biden is ordering a review of U. S intelligence concerning Russia's role in this sophisticated hacking of government and business computers around the World. America's listening the Fox News Free healthcare hundreds to more than $1000 per month and disability compensation and tens of thousands for college tuition. These are just some of the U. S. Department of.
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"Is it in biting, invoking the defense Production act to speed up the vaccine supply chain as states and cities run out. New York City just canceled 23,000 appointments after a delivery delay of the majority of unseen Fuck this Aisha Hosni? Dr Toni Fellegi, who's staying on at the White House, says he can feel a difference under the new administration. The idea That you could get up here and talk about what? You know what evidence what the science is and no, That's it. Let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling felt, she says reports the Trump administration lacked the plan to vaccinate Americans is not true this as covert deaths in the U. S jumped by nearly 5000 in 24 hours. More than 410,000 yesterday. The Senate could confirm retired General Lloyd Austin to be defense secretary. As early as today. Congress granted him a waiver yesterday to take the civilian job. Senate voting on this vote, the ayes or 69. The nays are 27 the 60 vote threshold Having been achieved, the bill is passed. The House also agreed to let the nomination go forward. Austin needed a waiver because he has not been out of the military the required seven years. And President Biden is ordering a review of U. S intelligence concerning Russia's role in the sophisticated hacking of government and business computers around the world. America's listening The Fox News..
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"To be honest about the difficulties ahead. The brutal truth is It's going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated, making his first briefing room appearance in two months, Dr Anthony Fauci said he was relieved to be working for a president who values honesty, one of the new things and this administration's if you don't have the answer, don't guess just say you don't know the answer. She says He no longer fears repercussions for contradicting the president. Says the science will speak for itself. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling. Stephen Portnoy's CBS News Meantime, CONGRESS WOMAN Marjorie Taylor Greene tonight introducing articles of impeachment against President Biden for what she calls corrupt actions. The Georgia Republican claims the president admitted on tape to a quid pro quo with Ukraine's government, calling him a national security threat. Not clear for claims of any support from other lawmakers. But it is extremely unlikely the Democrat led house would take any action on them. 7 16 Congress has sent President Biden the first bill he'll have to sign into law. This is about his pick for secretary of defense. The measure allows retired General Lloyd Austin to serve in that role as both the House and Senate have passed a waiver to allow him to do so. This clears the way for him to be confirmed, which could happen by the end of the week. Lawmakers had to approve that waiver because Austin retired from the service within the last seven years. If he's confirmed, Austin would be the first black secretary of defense in American history at a member of governor Baker's Cabinet is packing her bags heading south, the Washington to join the Biden camp. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said now to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, basically Deputy Highway administration, which means his projects that matter to us, but she's very big shoes to replace on Uhh. I'm gonna miss her a lot. Polic.
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"B s m com From ABC News. I'm daring Aldinger House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she could send an article of impeachment charging former President Trump with incitement of insurrection as soon as tomorrow. But when, with the trial beginning minority leader Mitch McConnell proposing to delay former President Trump's Senate trial until February, so is to give the Trump team more time to prepare. This coming is Trump Advisor Jason Miller confirmed Butch Bowers will be joining Trump's legal team to represent him in the impeachment. Trial and as delicate Terry. ABC NEWS Washington President Biden says the U. S is at war with a virus. And today he outlined a national strategy to battle covert 19. It allows him to invoke the defense production it act and repeats his goal of 100 million vaccines. In his 1st 100 days in office, Dr Anthony Fauci says. We'll be hearing from him more often in his new role in the Biden administration, or Anthony Fauci, now President Biden's chief covert adviser, saying he can now speak freely about the Pandemic, unlike under President Trump that you didn't feel that you could actually say something, and there wouldn't be any repercussions about Dr Fauci is saying it's liberating working for a president who says to just relay the scientific facts and not unfounded potential cures, including Find out what Russia did last year isn't is also issuing, issuing a tasking to the intelligence community for its full assessment of the solar winds. CYBER breach Russian interference in the 2020 election. Its use of chemical weapons against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the alleged bounties on U. S soldiers in Afghanistan. House press secretary Jen Psaki, the Senate's approved a waiver for defense secretary nominee General Lloyd Austin. It would allow him to do the job of on confirmation. Even though it's been less than seven years since he retired from the military. You're listening to ABC News With the new president..
Congress poised for quick action on Biden's Pentagon nominee
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting Congress passes legislation clearing the way for Lloyd Austin to become secretary of defense the first legislation to hit president Joe Biden's desk is a measure granting retired general Lloyd Austin a waiver to service secretary of defense the waiver was needed because Austin's retirement from the army occurred inside the seven year window that safeguard civilian leadership of the military at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday Austin said if you confirm me I am prepared to serve now as a civilian the Senate approved the waiver on a sixty nine twenty seven tally moments after a lopsided three twenty six to seventy eight vote in the house president Donald trump's first defense secretary Jim Mattis received a similar waiver in twenty seventeen micron CEO Washington
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"35 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says former president Trump must be held accountable for the attack on the U. S Capitol. But it's still not clear exactly when the Senate impeachment trial will start wt. Opie's Mitchell Miller is on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Pelosi will only say that an article of impeachment against the former president will be sent to the Senate soon, and she rejects Republicans suggestions that will only further divide the country. The president of the United States committed an act. Incitement of insurrection. I don't think it's very unifying to say Let's just forget it and move on. She also reiterated that any lawmakers found to have helped those who later attacked the capital on January, 6th could face prosecution. The House's top Republican Kevin McCarthy, says he's been consistent in condemning protesters involved in violence at the Capitol or anywhere else. Announcer that day. Denounce it Now. I denounced it in the summer, I denounced what happened. Last night in Portland and Seattle is well on Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller w T O P News. Now CBS is reporting that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed delaying the trial to next month. So the impeachment managers and Mr Trump's defense has at least one week to prepare. Still unclear when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the article of impeachment to the Senate. A legislative victory today for President Biden is he tries to get his nominee for defense secretary confirmed the House has approved a waiver that would allow retired General Lloyd Austin to serve in the Pentagon's top civilian post before completing the required seven year waiting period. Following his retirement from the military. Austin retired back in 2016. Just a few minutes ago, the Senate approved that waiver for Austin that clears the way for his conference conference. Nation traffic and weather next 5 37..
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"Liz ations. I'm gonna get more hospitalizations. You ultimately going to get more deaths? Body says they're furiously working to get the cove in 19 vaccines and over 100 million people by the middle of the year. Meanwhile, President Biden has signed 10 executive orders aimed at jump starting his national covet 19 strategy. We will get through this, we will defeat this pandemic. Into a nation waiting for action. Let me be the clearest on this point. Help is on the way. President Biden began his first full day in office by watching a national prayer service online. White House correspondent Greg Clugston report. The inaugural tradition went online this year because of the pandemic. But President Biden and Vice President Harris tuned in from the White House they heard from leaders from several religious traditions ranging from Episcopal, too Catholic, too Jewish to the Navajo Nation. The lineup did not include any ordained representatives of white evangelicals who overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump in the election. Great Clugston Washington Congress is moving quickly to install retired General Lloyd Austin as president Biden, secretary of defense Houses voting today in a waiver that would allow Austin to hold the position on Wall Street. The Dow nine by 12 points, But the NASDAQ rose 74, the S and P advanced one more on these stories at town Hall. Tell me why really factor is so successful in lowering or eliminating pain? I'm often asked that question Beatings Have Talbot, the father and son, founders of Relief actor tell me they believe our bodies were designed.
"general lloyd austin" Discussed on AP News
"At the Lincoln Memorial this evening for a memorial service for the more than 400,000 people who have died in the Corona virus pandemic between sundown and dust. What a shine the lights. The darkness. Long sacred pool of reflection. Remember all we lost. The two will be sworn in tomorrow at the U. S. Capitol, outgoing President Donald Trump and his farewell video listed, but he sees as his accomplishments. He also wished the incoming Biden administration well and good luck. That actually using Biden's name, Trump noted, I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart. And optimistic spirit and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our Children, the best is yet to come. Retired General Lloyd Austin nominated by President elect Chill, Biden tells the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing as defense secretary that he is confident the National Guard is up to the job. Being part of tomorrow's inauguration security. I have confidence and in our guard again, the fact that we are screening people and making sure that we don't have You know the wrong kinds of people in the formation. I think it is a credit to their efforts. Anthony Blinken, Biden's choice to be secretary of state pledged to repair damage done to the State Department and the nation's image abroad. While continuing a tougher approach to China. North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr says the Justice Department has told him he will not be prosecuted over stock sales made during the Corona virus pandemic. Ending an insider trading investigation. It began after birth sold up to $1.7 million in stocks in January and February before the pandemic cars the markets.
"general lloyd austin" Discussed on AP News
"I'm to Maguire President elect Joe Biden. Vice President elect Kamila Harris were at the Lincoln Memorial this evening for a memorial service for the more than 400,000 people who have died in the Corona virus pandemic between sundown and dust. What a shine the lights. The darkness. Long sacred pool of reflection. Remember all we lost. The two will be sworn in tomorrow at the U. S. Capitol, outgoing President Donald Trump and his farewell video listed, but he sees as his accomplishments. He also wished the incoming Biden administration well and good luck. That actually using Biden's name, Trump noted, I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart. And optimistic spirit and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our Children, the best is yet to come. Retired General Lloyd Austin nominated by President elect Chill, Biden tells the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing as defense secretary that he is confident the National Guard is up to the job. Being part of tomorrow's inauguration security. I have confidence and in our guard again, the fact that we are screening people and making sure that we don't have You know the wrong kinds of people in the formation. I think it is a credit to their efforts. Anthony Blinken, Biden's choice to be secretary of state pledged to repair damage done to the State Department and the nation's image abroad. While continuing a tougher approach to China. North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr says the Justice Department has told him he will not be prosecuted over stock sales made during the Corona virus pandemic. Ending an insider trading investigation. It began after birth sold up to $1.7 million in stocks in January and February before the pandemic cars the markets.
Lloyd Austin testifies at hearing to be defense secretary
"Another nominee facing Senate scrutiny today is Biden's choice for defense secretary retired General Lloyd Austin. He needs a waiver for the job since he has not been out of the military for more than seven years. NPR's Tom Bowman reports. 15 former Pentagon officials have endorsed Austin. Those endorsing Austin include officials who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, such as President Obama's defense chief Leon Panetta, and James Roach, the Air Force secretary under President George W. Bush. Officials said. Austin is well versed on threats abroad as well as those at home, including quote the national security imperative of rooting out white supremacy from the force. Austin is a West Point graduate who spent most of his career focusing on the Middle East, serving on combat duty in Iraq and overseeing the region as the top officer. The Senate committee will likely focus on Austin's views about continued combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a security threat of a rising China.
Biden DNI pick says no room for politics in intel agencies
"A day before he takes office president elect Biden speaks for key national security spots are having confirmation hearings the past four years there's been repeated pressure on officials to shape intelligence to the president's lighting on her watch leading the intelligence community Averell Haynes says that would end when it comes to intelligence there is simply no place for politics ever he is expected to be confirmed as the nation's first female intelligence chief later today Biden speaks to head the state and defense departments will have their hearings including recently retired general Lloyd Austin who would beat a waiver to lead the Pentagon since he's only been out of uniform for years defense secretaries are typically confirmed by inauguration day the last time a new president did not have his pick in place then the first President Bush thirty two years ago Sager mag ani Washington
Defense Secretary Nominee Lloyd Austin Testifies at Confirmation Hearing
"President elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees have confirmation hearings today. Among them is Defense secretary nominee retired General Lloyd Austin. He needs a waiver for the job since he hasn't been out of the military for more than seven years. NPR's Tom Bowman reports Austin has been endorsed by 15 former top Pentagon officials. Those endorsing Austin include officials who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, such as President Obama's defense chief Leon Panetta, and James Roach, the Air Force secretary under President George W. Bush. The officials said. Austin is well versed on threats abroad as well as those at home, including quote the national security imperative of rooting out white supremacy from the force. Austin is a West Point graduate who spent most of his career focusing on the Middle East, serving on combat duty in Iraq and overseeing the region as the top officer. The Senate committee will likely focus on Austin's views about continued combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the security threat of a rising China.
"general lloyd austin" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Bring the U. S capitol and disorderly conduct stemming from the recent riot at the Capitol complex rally June Williams allegedly made off with a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. President elect Biden expected to take aim at Trump Administration immigration policies on his very first day in office, taking the wraps off his version of an immigration reform plan would provide an eight year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the US without legal status, according to a person familiar with the legislation. For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. It's a massive reversal from the Trump administration's policies. The legislation put divided on track to deliver on a major campaign promise and provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship in recent years, But it fails to include the traditional trade off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans making passage into narrowly divided Congress in doubt. I'm Julie Walker and a confirmation hearing today for the President elect's candidate for Defense Secretary General Lloyd Austin faces a Senate Armed Services Committee today, the next step toward becoming the country's first ever black Pentagon cheap. Win confirmation. Hildy both chambers of Congress, though, to approve a waiver to a law barring recently retired generals from heading up the Department of Defense. The hearings take place even as the capital is still reeling from a riot by Trump supporters At one day before Joe Biden has had to be sworn in as the next president. Bob Agnew reporting, California sheriff's deputy and a canine have been killed in a shootout with a car chase suspect happened on the grounds of the Cal Expo racetrack in Sacramento. Our future's up. 1 75.
Biden's defense nominee courts Democrats amid concerns over waiver to lead the Pentagon
"They can quickly get a waiver for President elect Biden's nominee for defense secretary. Thanks is Rachel Sutherland explains. The new president could start his term without a defense secretary in place. Retired General Lloyd Austin needs a waiver from Congress Do tour required seven year cooling off period between active duty service and leading the Pentagon, a spokesperson for the Senate Armed Services Committee told Defense News. He's confident the waiver will pass the House last week presently fight and said. My nominees for critical national security positions at state, defense, Treasury and Homeland security, have bipartisan support and have been confirmed by the Senate before they need to be in their jobs as soon as possible after January. 20th Rachel Sutherland Fox is Iran says the South Korean
New tensions emerge between Biden team and Trump administration
"Joe biden's incoming administration is taking shape. Former deputy secretary of state anthony blinken will be nominated for secretary of state x fed chair. Janet yellen is up to run treasury retired. General lloyd austin has been tapped to run the defense department. Some of these names have been more controversial than others. there've been some progressive objections to biden's likely pick a former iowa governor. Tom bill sack to reprise his role running. The agriculture department and a lot of republicans in the senate are cool to the choice of near attended a close hillary clinton confidante to run the office of management and budget. Some other choices like yellow. Have gotten pretty warm receptions across the political spectrum to talk about this administration that's what is likely to mean in terms of what a president joe biden might actually do. Let's bring in our left right and center panel on the right law. Chen is the david. Diane steffi fellow at the hoover institution and he's the director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the public policy program at stanford lot. He has worked on several presidential campaigns for republicans including george w bush's reelection campaign marco. Rubio's two thousand sixteen run and he was the policy director for mitt romney in the two thousand twelve presidential campaign. Hello lonnie thanks for having me and on the left sabil. Rama joins us. Bill is president of demos a progressive organization that studies and advocates for voting rights economic and racial justice and equity sabil is also an associate professor at brooklyn law school. Bill so bill when you look at these names What does this tell you about. The sort of administration that joe biden is preparing to run. So i think the roster that's being built out is really interesting to me what it shows. Is there too big tensions that i think the new administration is trying to balance. A one is a balanced between old hands and some new faces and the other is a balanced between a pragmatic course and also progressive ones. So when you think about someone like janet yellen or cecilia rouse on the economic team These are folks who have deep experience in economic policy but also represent. I think a little bit more of a kind of a progressive wing of the larger policy debate. Not these are certainly not Bernie sanders elizabeth warren folks but they very much represent a part of the economic profession that is increasingly focused on issues of inequality Racial equity and issues of how we get around are sort of current problem of austerity politics. Lot he what do you make of this list of names. Well i think first of all there are a number of very highly qualified people on the list people who have great experience in government who i think even republicans who may have policy or ideological concerns would have to say are well qualified to play the roles. They've been a nominated by the president. Play and so. I think that that's a very hopeful. Sign on the other hand. You've got some real head. Scratchers here josh. There are people who the president is nominated for roles in various situations that i think people kinda wonder what was he. Thinking there Heavier sarah for example to be secretary of health and human services a man with no health policy no public health background who's really so claim to fame in healthcare is arguing to defend the affordable care act which by the way may have been enough for biden but it really seems to be one of those picks where he had put the sarah somewhere so he put him at. Hhs which under ordinary circumstances might be okay but in the middle of a pandemic hhs is going to play a critical role in disturbing the vaccine and hopefully overseeing and the the end of this covid nineteen pandemic here in the us. choice of. Sarah is puzzling one. The other one that i would point to which doesn't require senate confirmation and so Will be what it is. Is susan rice as director the domestic policy council which has traditionally been the policy making apparatus at the white house that coordinates the creation of domestic policy overseeing areas like education and health care immigration. Picking someone with with the deep foreign policy experience for that job seems to me to be a little bit odd. I think she was picked for that job. In part because it doesn't require senate confirmation and biden. His team knew there was no way republicans. Were going to confirm someone is controversial. Susan rice so for every sort of great. Pick for every janet. Yellen for every brian You know you have a few that sort of make you think. Gosh what is the biden team doing here. So it's a little bit of a mixed bag so far. Yeah bill when. I look at the list of names. I do sometimes see what he is describing their almost a sense that biden had list of people that he liked and wanted to give jobs to and a list of jobs he needed to fill and in some places. The matching of the to feels a little bit random. I'd also point to to marcia fudge who's an african american congresswoman from cleveland. She'd openly campaigned to be agriculture secretary. She's a senior member of the agriculture committee. There'd been a lot of progressive concerns about how the agriculture committee has dealt with black farmers and about beneficiaries of nutrition programs people primarily eat food rather than making it And biden has passed over. Her is expected to bill sack in that position and then fudge specifically said that she didn't want one of these traditionally black cabinet jobs like labor or housing and urban development. She's going to be put up to run housing and urban development. So some of these choices they do have that feeling to me of what we want this person job. Well here. this one's available. Let's give them out. One is that is that. Is that too harsh. Look looking at this selection process and saying that you know i. I do think there's a little bit of that. In terms of the example with congressman fudge gave. I think is a is a good one of your. She has deep expertise actually on areas connected to usda. I'm at the same time. I think she'll bring a novel. Interesting and important voice went on the issues of hud but there is a little bit of that. I think the thing i would offer is you know. There's so much going. On with this transition. Given the pandemic given the extraordinary delays that the trump administration put in place at one things that we're really looking at is what's what does that next layer down. Look like so when you think about the whole team Not just cabinet but cap a deputy secretaries and so on can does it look like a team that then has the balance of deep expertise and Mission alignment right at someone. Folks who are laser focused on the combined crises of of the economy and covid and climate and original justice moment. That's the next layer. That i would look at right. Are folks getting complimentary. Picks to offset some of where they might need additional insight or expertise
For Air Force Leader, Making Video On Racism He's Faced Was 'The Right Thing To Do'
"General Lloyd Austin is confirmed as the next secretary of defense, He'll be the first African American to hold that position. His nomination comes as the U. S military, like much of the rest of the country is grappling with issues of race after the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Which brings us to another general Charles Que Brown. Over the summer, he became the first African American to lead a branch of the U. S military. He is the chief of staff for the Air Force. As his confirmation hung in the balance. General Brown chose to speak out about George Floyd's death, even if it cost him his promotion. Here's an excerpt from that video message released in July when he was still Pacific Air Force's commander. Think about how awful I am with emotion, not just for George Floyd. But the many African Americans that have suffered the same fate as George Boyd. I'm thinking about protests in my country. Tis of thee sweet Land of liberty. Equality expressing Arctic exploration of independence and the Constitution that I've sworn my adult life to support the fan. Thinking about a history of racial issues in my own experiences that didn't always sing of liberty and equality. I asked General Brown why he needed to deliver that message. I talked to one of our sons. Who was he went to Washington Mercy in ST Louis s O. His freshman year was Ferguson. And so he experienced that. And then he lives here in Washington, D. C and he He called us and he was. He was kind of struggling. With Things were going on. And so, um He asked me in the conversation. Hey, Hey, Dad. What is specific Air force is going to say, and as a commander, Pacific Air forces That was kind of code to me of Dad. What are you going to say? So on Tuesday, when I confirmation didn't come through. I was committed, then that discordant and do the video. And so was my own personal experiences, but, you know, thinking about her two sons. And their experiences and so that actually was what got me to do it. Did you tell your superiors Uh, no. I felt like, you know. I got to a point where because of talking to my son. I thought it was the right thing to do. You are now the highest ranking African American in the U. S. Military. How do you use that position to make it So the younger version of yourself isn't the only one in the room. How do you Increase opportunities for air men and women of color. Rachel. I think it's about being a role model. It's about how I carry myself on a day to day basis so that those that They're more dinner to make can can look up and see somebody they want to aspire to be, like, ideally, so what actions will be necessary? I mean, it's one thing to be unexamined well to be a role model, and that's important. But what changes what policy changes do you think need to be made? I mean, is I understand that there was an inspector general report. Looking into how racism could affect promotions in the Air Force, and hundreds of thousands of our men and women were also surveyed about diversity issues. What actions do those results point to The data actually shows that you know there are areas where based on What career feels ERM and go into made either help or hurt their opportunity to rise to more senior ranks. And so it's how we pay attention to recruiting in placing Eman of diverse backgrounds and specific career feels It's also looking at someone requires. We have a career Phyllis to understand. Do they have some type of barrier that we have not paid attention to? Because that's the way it's always been. The other thing we were also looking to do is how do we work in closely managed those of a diverse background and what I mean by that is just really take a look at the opportunities to prepare them for those positions to consider them. For positions and not make it just the situation. We hope it all works out, but it takes purposeful leadership in engagement to ensure that we are actually bringing the best. For all over me. There are more than 12,000 active duty pilots in the Air Force, according to data compiled by McClatchy News Service on Lee. About a dozen of them are black women. Do you see that as a problem? Do you only aspire to what you've been exposed to? You know, sometimes we might self eliminate just because we don't think we're qualified. So one of the areas that we have an air force is looking at is how do we provide more exposure? To young African Americans. Women really across the board. That? Yes, you could do this. And here's what it takes to get there I often say is We all need to ask what we wanna be able to. The worst air force can do is tell, you know, but if you don't ask, we can't say yes. So we want to put those that want to be part of our air force in a position where we can say yes. Let me ask you about this current moment in our political history in this country, the transition between one administration and another is actually critical to the national security. Are you convinced that the current civilian leadership at the Pentagon is committed to a smooth and responsible transfer of power? I think we're all working to a smooth transition of power. Both civilian and military and the Our job is to maintain our national security. And no matter who which administration our community chief we have, and that's that's my job as a service chief is a joint chief, and our goal is to make sure that we don't have a Any type of security incident in a peaceful transition of power like we've found throughout our history. You have any concerns that there would be? I mean, is it going to plan right now? The transition from your perspective. E think are now securities and is in is Not being threat right now, but realize that also that We're always we don't we have one side of the boat and the other side of the voters are our adversaries, and that's something as a as a service season, 25 play close attention to what the other joint chiefs to ensure that We have a good sense of what's going on around the world as well. Let me ask about the man who could become The next secretary of defense, retired army General Lloyd Austin. I assume you've You've come across one another once or twice. What's he like? Is the leader. He's a strong leader. I think he's decisive. I I enjoyed working for him and he listens. Which I think is an important aspect as a leader, and he's willing to take input from those around him. If confirmed, General Austin will join you in making history this year by becoming the first African American to lead the Department of Defense. What will it mean to you and your serviceman to see him sworn into that job? I think for any one of a diverse black man. When you see someone who rises to a key position, you take a bit of pride in it. You appreciate it, and it also opens an opportunity that where you now think about your own career path, there's opportunities of the head. Chief of staff of the Air Force. General Charles Que Brown, Jr. Thank you
Biden picks retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense
"Talk about the latest round of cabinet picks from From biden big one. This week was general. Lloyd austin secretary. Defense austin is a retired four-star general. Who served commander of us. Central command oversaw the withdrawal of american troops from iraq. If confirmed he'd be the first black secretary of defense but there's a potential saggier in order to maintain civilian control over the military. The law states that secretaries of defense must be seven years removed from military service. Austin has only been retired for little over four years which means he need. A waiver passed by both houses of congress. Only two other waivers have been granted in american history most recently for general jim mattis in two thousand seventeen.
Biden introduces his choice for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin
"Elect Joe Biden today introduced retired Army General Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense designate. It would be the first black American to hold that office if he's confirmed, But some senators have questioned the wisdom of doing away with a ban on recently retired military officers in the secretary's job. Did wave it for President Trump's choice of James Mattis in 2017 Today, and Wilmington, Delaware. Mr Biden urged a waiver for Austin as well.
Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department
"Joe Biden formally introduces his pick for defense secretary Today. It's retired four star General Lloyd Austin. He would be the first African American man to run the Pentagon if confirmed by the Senate. My judgment. There's no question that He is the right person for this job at the right moment, leading the Department of Defense at this moment in our nation's history, Biden says Austin is a man of extraordinary courage and accomplishment and also caused calls Austin a person of great decency and dignity. Austin retired from the military in 2016. That's still recent enough to require a waiver for confirmation. But President elect Biden says he's confident that Congress would do that. There has been a shake
Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department
"President-elect biden announced general. Lloyd austin as his pick for defense secretary which would make him the first black man to lead. The pentagon biden is also expected to nominate ohio congresswoman marcia fudge to run housing and urban development and former agriculture secretary. Tom vilsek to reprise his role of running. That department one takeaway here is that there is clearly a pattern form with biden's picks either a commitment to diversity with fudge and austin or experienced hand. Who can step in and do the job right away like with vilsek but there was another constant in violence picks a personal connection with the newly minted nominees biden serve with ville sack in the obama administration and has discussed how he met general austin while on trips afghanistan as vice president and continue to work with them today. It's my great honor. Really is an honor to add to my national security team leader of extraordinary courage character experience an accomplishment in a man who i've seen some of the or interesting parts of the world with vice president someone with whom i have worked closely for many years and i've seen perform the highest standards under intense pressure. Now that's not to say austin won't phase hurdles as we discussed yesterday. Some democratic senators like elizabeth. Warren are already signaling that they oppose granting austin the needed waiver for him to serve as defense secretary but just as important to biden is the fact. That austin had a relationship with his late son bo. He was both commanding officer in iraq and attended mass with the president's son. A relationship with bo was also a factor in biden's comma harris for vice president. All of these factors including the consideration of a personal relationship are at play in biden's last major cabinet. Pick to make attorney general. Cnn is reporting that senator. Doug jones judge merrick garland and sally. Yates are the top contenders with jones. Being the front runner
Biden's Pentagon nominee puts some Democrats in a bind
"President elect Joe Biden has announced his choice to be Pentagon chief but it's putting some Senate Democrats in a bind Biden has tabbed retired army general Lloyd Austin who would be the first black defense secretary a man Biden says America's troops loves its enemies fear and its allies respect he is the right person for this job at the right moment but some Senate Democrats have been against naming recently retired officers to be the Pentagon's chief white with Jim Mattis in twenty seventeen they may have to reverse themselves to support all state who says he's now a civilian leader with a deep appreciation and reverence for the prevailing wisdom of civilian control over military noting he went four years ago from being general lost in two now just Lloyd Austin Sauder mag ani Washington
Biden introduces his choice for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin
"President elect Joe Biden once retired general Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary, not A post he sought. I sought him. Austin would be the first African American to serve in the position. But could his nomination face some trouble in the Senate and joining us live from Capitol Hill? Double d. T. O p. S Mitchell Miller. Mitch General Austin is very well respected. So why are there questions about whether the Senate would confirm it? Well, Shawn and Hillary. It goes back to the history of the defense secretary being in a civilian position, and the so called seven year rule that if a military officer is tapped for that position, they need to have been retired from the military for at least that long. Austin retired four years ago after a distinguished military career of more than 40 years and included a major command in Iraq. Tenure is the head of the U. S. Central Command. But several lawmakers say it's important to maintain a civilian in that position. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rhode Island Jack Reed had given in on a waiver for General James Mattis under President. Trump said he wouldn't support one in the future. He is now wrestling with this. Others have said they'll oppose the waiver, including senators Elizabeth Warren Richard Blumenthal, who's on the Armed Services Committee and Jon Tester of Montana. But if the House and the Senate grant a waiver, which they both have to do, he'll likely still have plenty of votes to be confirmed. Hey, Mitch, who are the other potential candidates? Lawmakers might have preferred to Austin. Well, one of them would have been the first woman to serve as defense secretary Michelle Florida who's held various positions at the Pentagon and is very well respected. The House Armed Services Committee chair Adam Smith made it clear she was his first choice. Another candidate who had been talked about a lot was former Homeland Security Secretary Jay Johnson. But Biden is said to be very comfortable with Austin as his