US Secretary of Defense Austin again within the hospital | EUROtoday

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As of: February 12, 2024 12:28 a.m

US Secretary of Defense Austin has been hospitalized once more. His signs instructed a bladder drawback, the Pentagon mentioned. The 70-year-old will proceed to hold out his official duties.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is again within the hospital, in keeping with the Pentagon. At 2:20 p.m. (native time), his safety service took him to a navy clinic close to Washington with signs of an acute bladder drawback, mentioned Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder. The White House and Congress have already been knowledgeable.

“At present, the minister retains the functions and duties of his office,” the assertion mentioned. However, his deputy Kathleen H. Hicks is ready to take over the features and duties of the Secretary of Defense in case of doubt. The 70-year-old has the mandatory technique of communication with him to hold out his duties from the hospital. We will inform you about his situation as quickly as attainable.

Cancer illness stored as a secret

Austin solely returned to work on the Pentagon on the finish of January after a prolonged interval of sickness. At the start of the yr he got here underneath heavy criticism for maintaining a secret about prostate most cancers and a hospital keep following problems from a process.

Even US President Joe Biden didn’t know for a number of days that his minister was within the hospital. Austin was launched from the hospital on January fifteenth and initially didn’t work from the Pentagon.

The White House and the Pentagon launched inside investigations into the case. Biden acknowledged an absence of communication in Austin due to his silence about his well being issues, however on the identical time expressed his confidence in him.