On Sunday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was admitted to the hospital again for bladder problems. However, a Pentagon spokesman stated that the indicative symptoms have been treated and that Austin will continue to perform official duties while in the clinic.
Last year, Austin underwent surgery for prostate cancer and returned home after a minor procedure on Dec. 22. However, he was later admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on Jan. 1 due to complications. The White House was not informed of his hospital stay until January 4, and Congress was notified a day later. President Joe Biden only found out about the cancer diagnosis on January 9. Both the White House and the Pentagon have launched internal investigations into the case.
Despite calls from Republican representatives to fire the Pentagon chief, President Biden criticized the lack of communication but expressed continued confidence in his defense secretary. There are no further details on Austin’s current condition or treatment plan.