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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin here at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, February 7, 2024.
UNITED STATES – After several kept secret hospitalizations which sparked controversy, American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin was again admitted to hospital on Sunday, February 11, for a problem ” urgent “ of the bladder.
“This evening, after a series of tests and evaluations, the Secretary was admitted to the intensive care unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for supportive care and close monitoring”indicates a press release published by the Pentagon, citing its doctors.
A few hours earlier, the Pentagon had indicated that the minister had “returned to the hospital with the necessary classified and unclassified communications systems” to carry out its functions.
Lloyd Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently underwent surgery. He is still receiving treatment for it.
During a press conference on February 1, the Secretary of Defense, 70, apologized after keeping his cancer secret, a matter which caused an uproar in the country.
Apologies to Joe Biden
Because in the middle of an election year and while the United States, the world’s leading military power, is closely following two major conflicts in and in , the septuagenarian was operated on and hospitalized twice in December and January.
” It was a mistake “the minister admitted during this press briefing to which he presented himself with a still stiff gait. “I should have informed the president of my cancer diagnosis. I should have told my team and the American people as well and I take full responsibility for that. I apologize to my colleagues and to the American people”he added.
The minister, however, wanted to say “very clearly that there was no power vacuum and (there was) no risk to the command and control of the ministry”. He indicated that he had “directly” presented and that the latter had reacted ” with grace “.
The affair had caused astonishment even in the Democratic camp and sparked calls from Republicans for the resignation of Lloyd Austin.
This time, his ministry promptly communicated about his new hospitalization. The media were notified about two hours after he left the hospital.
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