Austin breaks barrier as first Black U.S. defense secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general, made history on Friday by becoming America's first Black defense secretary, arriving at the Pentagon minutes after his Senate confirmation to a busy schedule that included a call with NATO's secretary general.

Reuters January 23, 2021 00:10:30 IST
Austin breaks barrier as first Black U.S. defense secretary

Austin breaks barrier as first Black US defense secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general, made history on Friday by becoming America's first Black defense secretary, arriving at the Pentagon minutes after his Senate confirmation to a busy schedule that included a call with NATO's secretary general.

"See you around campus," Austin said, greeting reporters on the steps of the Pentagon.

Austin will be sworn in and immediately receive an intelligence briefing. At 2:30 pm, he will chair a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic with top Pentagon leadership, many joining virtually, the Pentagon said.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Patricia Zengerle, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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