February 12, 2024 – 05:40
US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has been hospitalized again, the Pentagon spokesman announced.
The minister was rushed to the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, near Washington. It is not officially known why he was hospitalized, according to press reports, inflammation may have occurred in his body. CNN on bladder problems
Lloyd Austin recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer. Later it turned out that he was hospitalized again after the operation due to a urinary tract infection, however. Lloyd Austin returned to the Pentagon at the end of January, then he said: he takes responsibility for what happened.
According to the original plans, Lloyd Austin would have traveled to Europe on Tuesday for the meeting of the international contact group established to support Ukraine, as well as for the meeting of the NATO defense ministers. Spokesman Pat Ryder said it was too early to say whether the minister would be able to travel.
The minister will carry out his official duties during the new hospitalization, and will keep the necessary classified communication systems with him, said the Pentagon spokesperson. He added that the deputy minister is ready to take over the duties of the defense minister if necessary.