US Secretary of Labor 'designated survivor' during Biden's speech

US Secretary of Labor, “designated survivor” Biden's speech


U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh was chosen this year to be the “designated survivor” during President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday, in order to be in able to take the reins of power in the event of a disaster. 

As the crème de la crème of American politics gather in Congress in Washington to listen to Mr. Biden, Mr. Walsh will remain in an undisclosed location for security. 

“He is the designated survivor,” a White House official said Tuesday evening.

This tradition dates back to the Cold War. She wants a member of the government to stay away from the Capitol in the event that a catastrophic event decimates American leaders – president, vice president, ministers, congressional leaders – gathered in one place . 

The news comes as several US media reported on Tuesday that Marty Walsh will soon leave the government.