The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, admitted himself this Sunday to the intensive care unit of Walter Reed Military Hospital to treat a kidney problem, less than a month after his controversial hospitalization.
The Pentagon reported in a statement that the decision was made so that it receives close monitoring.
It is currently unknown how long he will stay in the hospital.
According to the note, the prognosis for him to recover from the prostate cancer he suffered “remains excellent,” and the bladder problem he experienced is not expected to affect that situation.
The spokesperson of the Department of Defense, Brig. Pat Ryder, It was also reported Sunday that Austin’s “functions and duties” have been transferred to the deputy secretary, Kathleen Hicks.
On January 15, Austin was released from the same hospital after spending two weeks on admission.
Lloyd, 70, suffers from prostate cancer, and he underwent a prostatectomy on December 22 and was subsequently discharged, but on the night of January 1, he returned to the medical center due to a urinary tract infection as a result of the operation and was admitted to the intensive care unit.
Your hospitalization generated a great deal of controversy Granted, neither Austin nor his team informed the president, Joe Biden, of what had happened until January 4, three days after the admission, and the Pentagon did not issue a press statement until January 5.
The opposition criticized that in those days there was a power vacuum at the head of the Pentagon at a critical moment, when the war in Gaza threatened a regional escalation of the conflict in the Middle East.