On Sunday afternoon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was transported back to the hospital, this time “for symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue,” according to a statement released by a spokesman for the Pentagon.
“At approximately 4:55 p.m. today, Secretary Austin transferred the functions and duties of the office of the Secretary of Defense to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks,” stated Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, the press secretary for the Pentagon, in a statement that provided an update to the public early on Thursday evening.
The Deputy Secretary of Defense has taken over the responsibilities and tasks of the position. The White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and members of Congress have all been informed of the situation.
Austin was admitted to the critical care unit, according to the doctors who were treating him at Walter Reed Hospital, Dr. John Maddox and Dr. Gregory Chesnut, who announced the news late on Sunday night.
According to the current information, it is not known how long Secretary Austin will continue to be hospitalized. It is not anticipated that the bladder problem he is currently experiencing will affect his projected full recovery.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was admitted into the critical care unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday “for supportive care and close monitoring,” officials said Sunday night. https://t.co/V8QY0l1Epv
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Despite his cancer, his prognosis is still very good. The conclusion of their statement was that they would offer updates on the Secretary’s status as soon as these updates become available.
In the past, on December 22nd, the Secretary of Defense underwent a minimally invasive surgical operation for prostate cancer. Unfortunately, the procedure resulted in a urinary tract infection as well as major intestinal problems.
However, the White House did not learn of his hospitalization until three days after it occurred, which was a concealment that generated great scrutiny and condemnation. He was hospitalized once more on January 1.
“I should have told the president about my cancer diagnosis, and I should have also told my team and the American public,” Austin said to reporters earlier this month. “I should have told all of them.” “I am willing to accept whole fault. I will apologise to my teammates as well as to the people of the United States.
The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, has publicly criticized Austin for failing to inform him earlier about his hospitalization following the cancer operation he underwent. In January, Biden told reporters that he continued to have faith in Austin, but he acknowledged that this was a mistake in judgment.
Austin claims that he told Vice President Biden that he was “deeply sorry” for not informing him of his illness right away and that he apologized to him directly.
Both a review conducted internally and an inquiry being conducted by the inspector general of the Department of Defense are now underway.