United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes concerns throughout an interview at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 1,2024
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was reclaimed to the healthcare facility on Sunday afternoon by his security information for signs associated with a possible bladder problem, and later on moved his duties to his leading deputy, the Pentagon revealed.
Austin is fighting prostate cancer and has actually been recuperating from surgical treatment over the previous couple of months.
The Pentagon stated that Austin at first had actually maintained all the duties of his post when he went into the healthcare facility.
On his method to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Austin brought along all “unclassified and classified communication systems necessary to perform his duties,” according to Pentagon press secretaryMaj Gen. Pat Ryder.
But the Pentagon hours later on released an upgrade, stating that Austin had actually moved his responsibilities to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks right before 5 p.m. ET.
“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House, and Congress have been notified,” the Pentagon stated. “We will provide additional updates on Secretary Austin’s condition as soon as possible.”
The Pentagon’s disclosure of Austin’s hospitalization and its upgrade prevented a repeat of a current scenario where Austin and his personnel stopped working to notify leading federal government authorities that Austin remained in the extensive care system for issues associated with his cancer surgical treatment.
In January, Austin came under fire after the Pentagon waited days to notify the White House and the general public that he remained in the ICU for unidentified factors at the time.
Doctors at Walter Reed later on divulged the prostate cancer medical diagnosis and launched information of his healthcare facility gos to.
Still, numerous legislators contacted Austin to resign for the absence of openness, though the White House rebuked those needs and doubled down on its assistance for the Defense Secretary as he fights cancer.
Austin’s re-hospitalization on Sunday comes simply over a week after he openly excused concealing that earlier healthcare facility check out and vowed to be more transparent.
“We did not handle this right. And I did not handle this right. I should have told the president about my cancer diagnosis. I should have also told my team and the American public, and I take full responsibility,” Austin stated at a Pentagon instruction.