US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, whose secret hospitalization sparked controversy, was re-hospitalized on Sunday, the Pentagon announced, this time informing the White House immediately.
The officer, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently underwent surgery, was taken to a military facility in suburban Washington with what appeared to be bladder problems, the official said in a statement. – Ministry spokesperson, Pat Ryder. For the moment, he has retained his privileges, he added. Minister “Go to the hospital with the classified and unclassified communication systems necessary to perform his duties”According to Petrider.
His deputy, Lloyd Austin, is ready to take over duties if needed, he said. During a press conference on February 1, the defense minister apologized for keeping his cancer a secret, which caused an uproar in the country. Because in the middle of an election year and while the United States, the world’s leading military power, is closely following two major conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, Mr. Austin was operated on and hospitalized twice without President Joe Biden in December and January. Don’t know anything about it.
“It was a mistake”, the minister admitted during this press briefing in which he presented himself with an even tougher move. Lloyd Austin suggested that he had “straight” Joe apologized to Biden and later responded “with grace”. The incident also shocked the Democratic camp and fueled calls from Republicans for Lloyd Austin’s resignation. This time, his ministry immediately communicated his new hospitalization: the media was informed about two hours after his departure for Walter Reed Hospital.
And notifications have been sent to the White House and Congress, according to Pat Ryder. The controversy over his health problems arose when US forces in Iraq and Syria were regularly targeted by attacks by Iran-backed fighters, according to Washington.