On Sunday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was admitted to the hospital again due to a new bladder problem. This comes just over two weeks after his controversial secret hospital stay. According to a spokesman for the Pentagon, indicative symptoms were treated and Austin will continue with his official business while in the clinic.
Last year, Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent an operation. Following a minor procedure on December 22nd, he initially returned home but was later admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on January 1st 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. Prior to this latest admission, 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. Currently, there are no further details provided about Austin’s current condition or treatment plan.