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Today at approximately 3:00 p.m. EDT, @SecBlinken  will hold a press availability with @LloydAustin  Lloyd Austin and NATO @jensstoltenbergeral '>Secretary Ge @jensstoltenbergeral  , in Brussels, Belgium. Watch live here on Twitter, and .

Today @SecBlinken  held a press availability in Brussels, Belgium with @LloydAustin  Lloyd Austin and NATO @jensstoltenbergeral '>Secretary Ge @jensstoltenbergeral  , commenting on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Blinken arrived in the Afghan capital from Brussels where he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin briefed NATO officials on the move and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced the alliance would also be leaving.

New from Brussels: In the closed door meeting with all 30 NATO members, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin set the tone for the discussion with a strong endorsement of Biden's withdrawal plan, said a European official family with the matter 1/2

Geopolitical Calendar Events for 4/14: U.S. #Defense  Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Belgium, meet with #NATO  Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. #Iran  and the U.S. expected to hold next indirect meetings over JCPOA in Vienna. Read more here:

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Though the Afghan government and its military/police organizations will be responsible for keeping the peace, that may continue to be at U.S. expense, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during a NATO press conference on Wednesday.

#LIVE | NATO head Jens Stoltenberg and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hold joint press conference #SputnikLive  @NATO  @jensstoltenberg  @DeptofDefense  @LloydAustin 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin praises President Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11: “I fully support his decision. Our troops have accomplished the mission they were sent to Afghanistan to accomplish. And they have much for which to be proud.”

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Today I swore in @LloydAustin  as the Secretary of @DeptofDefense . Secretary Austin’s integrity, experience, and intimate knowledge of the issues facing our military make him the right leader for this moment.

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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon in the Biden administration, making him the nation’s first Black defense secretary

The Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead the Pentagon. He will be the first African American defense secretary.

The vote was 93-2. And just guess who was one of the 2? Yup ...Missouri’s own Josh Hawley was one of 2 Senators to vote against this respected general. Austin confirmed as nation’s first African American defense secretary - The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin dismissed every member of the Pentagon’s advisory boards, ousting last-minute Trump administration nominees as well as officials appointed by previous administrations.

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense.

Josh Hawley in this Congress has voted against all the Biden nominees and against the waiver for Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary. His lone two 'yes' votes so far have been to throw out the electoral results of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

The internal security threat the U.S. faces right now is serious. We need a Secretary of Defense on the job immediately. I will vote to confirm Lloyd Austin and grant him a waiver, and I urge other Senators to do the same.

Lloyd Austin, recently retired Army general Biden nominated for secretary of defense, says he will “rid our ranks of racists and extremists and commit to a climate where everyone fit and willing to serve” can.

93-2, Senate votes to confirm Lloyd Austin as defense secretary. The two no votes: Hawley and Lee

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