US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been hospitalized for suspected bladder problems, according to Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder. A Pentagon press release said that around 2:20 p.m. local time, Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation for symptoms consistent with bladder problems. The defense secretary’s hospitalization was reported to his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Charles Brown, as well as the White House and Congress. Despite being in the hospital, Lloyd Austin continues to perform his duties and has access to all open and covert channels of communication.
This hospitalization comes after Lloyd Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 after treatment for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed at an early stage. The press service of the Pentagon announced that the defense minister did not need any additional treatment.
Lloyd Austin, who is 70 years old, has been at the head of the Pentagon since January 2021. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early December and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22. On January 1, he experienced complications that led to his readmission to the hospital.