The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, transferred this Sunday, February 11, to the Walter Reed military hospital to treat a kidney problem, less than a month after his controversial hospitalization.
The Pentagon reported in a statement that Lloyd was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, outside Washington, around 2 p.m. (local time).
“The secretary continues the duties and responsibilities of his position,” the statement emphasized, adding that Lloyd carried the communication systems “required for the performance of his duties.”
On January 15, the man in charge of the Pentagon was released from the same hospital after spending two weeks in the hospital, amid controversy because the president of the country, Joe Biden, was not immediately announced in his hospitalization.
Hospitalization without warning for Biden
Lloyd, 70, suffered from prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22 to treat his cancer. He was discharged, but on January 1, he returned to the medical center due to an infection. admitted to the intensive care unit.
His hospitalization created great controversy because Austin or his team did not inform Biden of what had happened until January 4, three days after he was admitted, and the Pentagon did not issue a statement to the press until the next day, the 5th. of January.
The opposition criticized the fact 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 regional development in the Middle East.