US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized again, this time with suspected bladder problems. The Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder announced the news in a statement that said Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation at approximately 2:20 p.m. local time.
The hospitalization of the Secretary of Defense was reported to his Deputy Kathleen Hicks and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, 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 secret communication channels.
Lloyd Austin, who is 70 years old, has headed the Pentagon since January 2021. In early December, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22. On January 1, he experienced complications that led to readmission to the hospital. After treatment for prostate cancer, Lloyd Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 and did not require any additional treatment. However, his symptoms were consistent with bladder problems which led him back to Walter Reed Hospital for further evaluation.