On Sunday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was rushed to the hospital again for an emerging bladder problem. According to a spokesperson from the Pentagon, indicative symptoms were treated and Austin will continue with his official duties while in the clinic. This news comes just two weeks after his controversial secret hospital stay.
Last year, Austin underwent an operation for prostate cancer. He returned home initially but was later admitted to Walter Reed Hospital due to complications. The White House was not informed about his hospital stay until January 4th, and Congress was informed a day later. President Joe Biden only found out about the cancer diagnosis on January 9th. Both the White House and the Pentagon launched internal investigations into the case.
Despite calls from Republican representatives to fire the Pentagon chief, President Biden criticized the lack of communication but expressed continued confidence in his defense secretary. Austin returned to work at the Pentagon on January 29th after two doctors declared that his cancer had been treated early and effectively, with an excellent prognosis. There are no further details provided about Austin’s current condition or treatment plan.