The United States Senate confirmed General Lloyd Austin as the new Secretary of Defense on Friday in a historic vote, as he becomes the first African-American to head the Pentagon and the second official member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet.
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Support for Austin was overwhelming from both Republicans and Democrats with 93 votes in favor and only 2 against.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary of Defense, and I am especially proud to be the first African-American to serve. Let’s get to work, ”he said in a message on Twitter.
During his confirmation hearing earlier this week, Austin spoke of the role of US troops in the world and said that they should focus their efforts on Asia, where he considered that China will be the “most significant challenge” and described Iran. as “a destabilizing force.”
Regarding Afghanistan, he indicated that he would like to see how this conflict ends with a negotiated agreement. “I think we are going to make every effort to ensure that this happens,” he stressed about the longest war the US has been involved in, almost two decades. “I think this conflict must come to an end, you know,” he added. “We must see that an agreement is reached, and, as President Biden wants to see, I think we want to see an Afghanistan in the future that does not pose a threat to the United States. .UU. ”.
On the eve of his departure from the White House, Trump highlighted in a videotaped speech Tuesday his “pride” in being “the first president in decades who has not started new wars.”
During his tenure, Trump’s defense policy has been marked by a withdrawal of troops from areas of operation such as Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.