The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin was hospitalized again this Sundayentered the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), almost one and a half months after being admitted due to surgery complications, which created controversy for not announcing his illness or hospitalization even to the president, Joe Biden.
On this occasion, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder explained in a statement that Austin was transferred around 2:20 pm (local time) “to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Maryland) for treatment.” checked for symptoms that suggest an emerging kidney problem.”
Ryder informed the Undersecretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Charles Brown, as well as the White House and Congress, of the entry, although he was the first to handle his duties, Shortly afterwards he transferred his duties to his ‘number two’.
The medical authorities at the military hospital explained that they conducted a series of tests and evaluations from which they decided to admit him to the ICU to receive “supportive care and close monitoring”. “At this time it is unclear how long he will stay in the hospital,” they said.
“The current kidney problem is not expected to change his expected full recovery. The prognosis for cancer remains very good. Updates on the secretary’s status will be provided as soon as possible,they indicated through a statement shared by the Department of Defense.
The head of the Pentagon has an appointment on February 29 before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee to explain his decision not to report his hospitalization in the month of January. Republicans took advantage of the situation to demand Austin’s ouster, and Biden, although he considers it a mistake that he did not announce it, expressed his support.
Austin has been hospitalized since January 1 after complications from an operation he underwent, a fact that would not have been more relevant if not for the fact that neither the White House nor the Secretary of State, Antony Blinkennor, knew Austin’s own income. The 70-year-old Defense Secretary is immediately behind Biden in the US military chain of command.