January 11, 2021

Manchin Meets With Secretary Of Defense Nominee Austin

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Secretary of Defense nominee Retired General Lloyd Austin.   

“As a former Governor, I understand how critical it is for the President to choose their cabinet. General Austin bravely served our nation for over four decades and has proven he is a dedicated American who will lead the Department of Defense with experience and leadership. President-elect Biden has selected him to fulfill the position of Secretary of Defense because he fully believes General Austin understands the role of our military in subordination to civilian command. After meeting with him today I am convinced of that as well, and I believe the Senate should move to confirm General Austin as Defense Secretary on day one of the Biden Administration. I look forward to working with him and my colleagues to strengthen the United States’ role as the hope of the world.”