The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin was hospitalized again this Sundayentering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), barely a month and a half after being admitted due to complications from surgery, which generated controversy for not having communicated his illness or his hospitalization even to the president, Joe Biden.
On this occasion, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder explained in a statement that Austin was transferred around 2:20 p.m. (local time) “to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Maryland) for treatment.” examined for symptoms that suggest an emerging bladder problem.”
Ryder had notified the Undersecretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Charles Brown, as well as the White House and Congress, of the entry, although he was initially in charge of his duties, Shortly afterwards he transferred his duties to his ‘number two’.
The medical authorities of the military hospital have explained that they have carried out a series of tests and evaluations for which they have decided to admit him to the ICU to receive “supportive care and close monitoring”. “At this time it is unclear how long he will remain hospitalized,” they said.
“The current bladder problem is not expected to alter his expected full recovery. The prognosis for cancer remains excellent. Updates on the secretary’s status will be provided as soon as possible.”they have indicated through a statement shared by the Department of Defense.
The head of the Pentagon has an appointment on February 29 before the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives to explain his decision not to report his hospitalization during the month of January. Republicans have taken advantage of the situation to demand Austin’s dismissalwhom Biden, although he considered he was wrong not to inform, has expressed his support.
Austin was hospitalized since January 1 after complicating a surgery he underwent, a fact that would not have greater relevance if it were not for the fact that neither the White House, nor the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkennor Austin’s own substitute were aware of the income. The 70-year-old Secretary of Defense is immediately behind Biden in the chain of command of the US military.