Biden's top advisers feel pressure to announce an African American to a prominent Cabinet role.
SCOOP: Joe Biden is considering retired four-star general Lloyd Austin as his nominee for Defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios. https://t.co/YYn6RcMjCH
Scoop w @HansNichols —> Joe Biden considers retired four star general Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief https://t.co/1saL2sf3De
“Austin would be the first Black secretary of Defense in American history.” https://t.co/1saL2sf3De
Per @HansNichols and @jonathanvswan, contenders for Biden's defense secretary are: - Ret. 4-star Gen. Lloyd Austin - Fmr. Under Secretary for Defense Michele Flournoy - Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) - Fmr. DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson https://t.co/DBvbME5G3L
Flournoy, a former top Pentagon official, remains in contention, as do Johnson, a former Homeland Security secretary, and Duckworth, an Illinois senator and combat veteran of the Iraq War. But Flournoy was never the lock she was portrayed by some as. https://t.co/1saL2sf3De
Joe Biden considers retired general Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief https://t.co/RroGe7JPQs
Biden is considering retired Gen. Lloyd Austin for Defense Secretary — along with Flournoy, Johnson, and Duckworth. Austin hasn’t been out of the military the required seven years and would need a waiver from Congress, like Mattis. https://t.co/XvkPUXwXZJ
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