The Pentagon chief was hospitalized. ‘He has transferred responsibilities’

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin was hospitalized. The Pentagon issued a statement on Sunday about his health.

Lloyd J. Austin was taken to the military hospital on Sunday. Walter Reed in Washington. The reason for this decision was the appearance of symptoms indicative of a “sudden bladder problem”.

The head of the Pentagon in the hospital. He transferred his duties to his deputy

The initial message from Pentagon spokesman Gen. Pat Ryder indicated that Austin had taken all classified communications systems with him and would continue to perform his duties. A few hours later, he announced that the duties of Pentagon chief would be taken over by Austin’s deputy, Kathleen Hicks.

“The Deputy Minister of Defense has assumed functions and responsibilities. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House and Congress have been notified,” we read.

It is understood that Austin was admitted to the intensive care unit. It is currently unclear how long his hospitalization will last. Doctors do not expect the Pentagon chief’s current health problems to hinder his full recovery. As emphasized, the prognosis for cancer is ‘excellent’.

Austin hid his illness. The White House was unaware of the diagnosis

Let us recall that last year the 70-year-old US Secretary of Defense was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The diagnosis required hospitalization, during which he underwent surgery. In early January of this year, Austin was hospitalized again due to complications following the procedure.

The Pentagon chief’s health problems came to light amid a scandal. It turned out that even the White House had no knowledge of his illness. This was intended to undermine the Joe Biden administration’s confidence in him. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby admitted at the time that communication on the issue “was not optimal”.

Source: Do Rzeczy