The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Virginia for a bladder problem, and has transferred duties to her deputy, Kathleen Hicks. The Pentagon announced this, adding that it is not yet clear how long she will remain in hospital. Austin’s secret hospitalization, initially kept hidden even from President Joe Biden, raised controversy in the U.S.
Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer last December and underwent surgery. However, her health issues did not end there as she was later hospitalized again on January 1 due to complications. Her medical problems have caused some concern among Americans who believe that she should have been more transparent about her health status before taking up the position of Secretary of Defense.
The controversy surrounding Austin’s secret hospitalization has led many to question whether she is fit enough to lead one of the most important departments in the U.S government. Some people are also questioning whether she should have resigned from her position after being diagnosed with cancer last year.
Despite these concerns, Austin remains committed to her duties as Secretary of Defense and is determined to continue leading the department through its challenges. She has vowed to work tirelessly to ensure that America remains safe and secure for all citizens.