The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, whose secret hospitalization for a cancer procedure caused enormous controversy in the United States, was hospitalized again this Sunday. It was announced today by the Secretary of Defense in a statement.
The official, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently underwent surgery, was transferred to a military center outside Washington for what appears to be a bladder problem, his spokesman, Pat Ryder, said in a statement.
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“Today, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was transported by his security detail to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be examined for symptoms suggestive of an emerging bladder problem,” the statement said. note.
The White House was informed, unlike what happened last time. According to the report, “the Undersecretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been notified. Additionally, the White House and Congress were notified. At this time, the secretary retains the functions and duties of his position,” the statement stated.
The Undersecretary of Defense is prepared to assume the duties
The official note indicated that the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks, is prepared to assume Lloyd's functions and duties, “if required.”
“Secretary Austin traveled to the hospital with the classified and unclassified communications systems necessary to perform his duties. “We will provide an update on Secretary Austin’s condition as soon as possible,” the report concluded.
The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)By: REUTERS
Why the first hospitalization of the head of the Pentagon caused controversy in the United States
Austin, 70, was at the center of a strong controversy. He was hospitalized at the end of December for four days in intensive care without informing either President Joe Biden or his subordinates that he was hospitalized due to complications resulting from surgery.
This is a violation of standard protocol at a time when the United States is immersed in the Middle East crisis.
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NBC News reported that Austin was in intensive care for four days in complete secrecy. “I recognize that she could have done a better job of making sure the public was properly informed. “I am committed to doing better,” Austin said in a statement.
Now, he announced his new hospitalization immediately.