GOP China Hawks Voice Fresh Concerns on Lloyd Austin: ‘America Needs a Wake-Up Call’

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced Austin as his nominee to be defense secretary during a news conference at Biden’s transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., December 9, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

While members of the House of Representatives usually do not have a say in confirming an incoming administration’s personnel, the Biden team’s decision to name Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense has given them a seat at the table.

Austin — a four-star Army general who ran Central Command in the Middle East under the Obama administration and retired in 2016 — requires a waiver to serve as secretary of defense since he hasn’t been out of uniform for the requisite seven years.

A number of House Republicans who voted in favor of granting a waiver for General James Mattis to serve

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