#Politico: Biden won’t accept an Austin resignation if offered
15:30, Tuesday, 09 January, 2024
President Joe Biden is not considering firing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after he did not tell the White House about his emergency hospitalization, four senior administration officials told POLITICO. Beyond that, one official noted, the president would not accept a resignation if Austin were to offer one. “Austin’s going nowhere,” one of the senior administration officials said. The Pentagon had already announced that Austin wasn’t planning to resign. “He remains focused on conducting his duties as secretary of Defense in defense of our nation,” DOD spokesperson Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters.