Joe Biden Faces Blowback After DOD Pick (REPORT)

( – Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to announce his prospective cabinet nominations despite the fact the Electoral College doesn’t meet until December 14 to cast its votes for the next president. He has butted heads with Republicans over several nominees, but his pick to head the Department of Defense raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.

Biden announced the selection of retired four-star Army General Lloyd Austin III on Tuesday, December 8. His ties to Raytheon Technologies, one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers, raised immediate concern among Republicans and Democrats alike.

Gen. Austin would require a Congressional waiver to serve as secretary of defense since he retired only four years ago. Federal law bars anyone from serving in that capacity within seven years of active military service.

Several leading Democrats already spoke out, stating that they would oppose Gen. Austin’s nomination, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and several representatives.

Biden defended the nomination, stating Austin would work “tirelessly” to get relations between civilian and military leaders “back on track” after several years of duress.

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