President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Telephone Call to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

U.S. Department of Defense

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

President Biden called Secretary Austin this afternoon, shortly after his arrival at the Pentagon.

The President congratulated the Secretary on his swift confirmation and thanked the Secretary for agreeing to serve the country again.

Secretary Austin expressed his gratitude to the President for his trust and confidence and for his support during the confirmation process.

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