Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, has been hospitalized with suspected bladder problems. According to a statement by Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder, at approximately 2:20 p.m. local time, Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation due to symptoms consistent with bladder problems. Despite being in the hospital, Austin continues to perform his duties and has access to all open and secret communication channels.
This hospitalization comes after Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 after treatment for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed at an early stage. The Pentagon press service reported that the Secretary of Defense did not require any additional treatment.
Austin is 70 years old and has headed the Pentagon since January 2021. In early December, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22. On January 1, he experienced complications that led to readmission to the hospital.