The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Virginia for a bladder problem, and has transferred duties to her deputy, Kathleen Hicks. The Pentagon announced this, adding that it is not yet clear how long she will remain in hospital.
Last December, Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. However, her secret hospitalization raised controversy in the U.S., as even President Joe Biden was initially kept in the dark about it. The situation worsened when she was hospitalized again on January 1 due to complications.
Austin’s secret hospitalization raised questions about transparency and accountability within the Pentagon. Some critics have accused the department of trying to keep her health issues hidden from the public, while others have praised her for her bravery and leadership during a difficult time.
Despite these controversies, Austin remains highly respected by many military leaders and civilians alike. She has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the military, and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of service members and their families.
As she continues to recover from her illness, Austin’s legacy as Secretary of Defense will be remembered for years to come. Her unwavering commitment to her duties and her dedication to his country have inspired many people around the world.