Austin hospitalized for bladder issue, transfers SecDef duties to deputy

Source: United Press International

“U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized again over the weekend for a bladder issue, the Pentagon said. John Maddox and Gregory Chesnut, physicians at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, said in a joint statement shared by the Pentagon that Austin was moved to a critical care unit Sunday where he was being closely monitored after undergoing a series of ‘tests and evaluations.’ … Austin’s latest stint in the hospital comes after he was hospitalized on Jan. 1 after experiencing leg pain related to a prostate cancer treatment and ultimately spent four days in the hospital, during which time his deputy secretary assumed the functions of his office. However, he drew criticism for the fact that the White House was not notified of his hospitalization until days later.” (02/12/24)