If the decision is officially made, Austin will the first-ever Black defense secretary of the United States.
"General Austin is a southerner, has impeccable credentials given his military career, and would be an outstanding secretary for the department,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson.
It is noted that Biden was also considering former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
As we reported earlier, the incumbent U.S. president Donald Trump intends to hold a rally in Florida on January 20 - Biden's inauguration day.
The politician intends to leave the White House on the helicopter, then switch aircraft and go to Florida by plane. On the arrival, Trump intends to gather a meeting, during which he could announce his plan to run for the office again in 2024.
The White House has not yet commented on that information.