Lloyd Austin, the 70-year-old US Secretary of Defense, was hospitalized with suspected bladder problems on February 15th. The Pentagon press service announced this news in a statement that said the Secretary had been taken to Walter Reed for evaluation after experiencing symptoms consistent with bladder problems. Despite being in the hospital, Austin remains committed to performing 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 15th following treatment for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed at an early stage. The Pentagon press service reported that the Secretary did not require any additional treatment after his release.
In early December, Lloyd Austin underwent a prostatectomy and was later readmitted to the hospital on January 1st due to complications. Now, he is back in the hospital with suspected bladder problems. Kathleen Hicks, his Deputy, as well as General Charles Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, were informed of the Secretary’s condition along with the White House and Congress.