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Biden to visit Pentagon and pay tribute to Black service members

February 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the national economy and the need for his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden hosted lawmakers from both parties at the White House this week in an effort to push his pandemic relief plan forward. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden on Wednesday will make his first trip to the Pentagon since taking office and will speak to the significance of having the first African American in the nation's history serving as secretary of defense, according to the White House.

Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday will make his first trip to the Pentagon since taking office and will speak to the significance of having the first African American in the nation's history serving as secretary of defense, according to the White House.

The trip comes as Biden forges ahead with his agenda while his predecessor former President Donald Trump faces an impeachment trial in the Senate.

Biden on Wednesday will "pay special tribute to the rich history of Black service members," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, noting that the trip coincides with Black History Month.

She said Biden will also thank service members for their role in protecting the nation.

His visit comes as the Pentagon is grappling with racism and extremism in the services, an issue Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made a priority.

"As the first president in 40 years with a child who served in the military, he has a personal connection to the important role of the work of the military, the men and women who serve," Psaki said during a White House briefing on Tuesday.

The trip to the Defense Department will be Biden's second Cabinet agency visit, following a trip to the State Department.

Biden's trip Wednesday comes after the Pentagon said last month that the new administration would not commit to a full drawdown of troops from Afghanistan by May because the Taliban have not honored the commitments they made in their deal with the United States.

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