US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has been hospitalized with suspected bladder problems, the Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder announced. At approximately 2:20 p.m. local time, Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation due to symptoms consistent with bladder problems. 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.
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 Pentagon press service reported that the Secretary of Defense did not require any additional treatment.
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.