On Sunday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was rushed to the hospital for an emergency bladder problem. Despite this, a spokesperson from the Pentagon stated that he will continue to carry out his official duties while receiving treatment.
Last year, Austin underwent an operation for prostate cancer and was initially declared cancer-free after a minor procedure on December 22nd. However, complications later led him to be admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on January 1st. The White House was not informed about his hospital stay until January 4th, and Congress was informed a day later. It wasn’t until January 9th that President Joe Biden learned about the cancer diagnosis. Both the White House and Pentagon launched internal investigations into the matter.
Following two doctors’ declarations that his cancer had been treated effectively with an excellent prognosis, Austin returned to work at the Pentagon on January 29th. Despite calls from Republican representatives to fire him, President Biden expressed continued confidence in his defense secretary and criticized the lack of communication regarding his condition. No further details about Austin’s current condition or treatment plan have been released.