The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, was taken to the hospital again on Sunday, almost two weeks after his controversial secret hospital stay. This time he is being treated for an emerging bladder problem. Despite the Pentagon’s statement that he will continue to carry out official business while in the clinic, there are concerns about his ability to perform his duties effectively.
Last year, Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent an operation. After a minor procedure on December 22nd, he initially returned home but was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on January 1st due to complications. The White House was not informed about it until January 4th, and Congress a day later. President Joe Biden only found out about the cancer diagnosis on January 9th.
The White House and the Pentagon have launched internal investigations into the case. Austin returned to work at the Pentagon on January 29th after two doctors declared that his cancer had been treated early and effectively. However, some have raised questions about whether this declaration was premature and if Austin’s health issues could impact his ability to perform his duties as defense secretary.
Republican representatives have called for the firing of the Pentagon chief, while Democrat Biden criticized a lack of communication but said he continued to have confidence in his defense secretary. There are also various other unrelated website links in the content that shed light on other issues facing Austin’s tenure as Secretary of Defense.