The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, was admitted this Sunday to the intensive care unit of 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 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.
Defense Department spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder also reported Sunday that Austin’s “functions and duties” have been transferred to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
On January 15, Austin was released from the same hospital after spending two weeks in the hospital.
Lloyd, 70, suffered from prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22 and was discharged, but on January 1, he returned to the medical center due to a urinary tract infection as a result of the operation.
His hospitalization created great controversy because neither Austin nor his team informed the president, Joe Biden, what had happened until January 4, three days after being admitted, and the Pentagon did not issue a statement to the press 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.