Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024
US Defense Minister Delegates His Duties as Country is in “Intensive Care”

US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin was recently admitted to hospital for an urgent bladder problem, causing controversy due to his previous hospitalizations. After being placed in intensive care, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks took over as head of the Pentagon. Doctors assured that the bladder problem should not impact his full recovery and that his prognosis for cancer remained excellent.

Lloyd Austin’s latest hospitalization came after he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer earlier this year, which he kept secret from President Joe Biden. He apologized for not informing the president and the American people about his diagnosis, stating that it was a mistake. Despite calls for his resignation, Biden expressed confidence in him and acknowledged that there was no vacancy of power or risk for the command and control of the ministry.

Lloyd Austin’s discretion in handling his health issues was motivated by his desire to maintain a reputation as a largely apolitical public servant who is comfortable with American troops. The controversy over his health problems arose while the US was closely following major conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip and as US forces in Iraq and Syria were being targeted by attacks from Iranian-backed fighters. Despite this, Biden maintained his confidence in Austin, who is a key figure in the administration’s efforts to maintain support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

By Editor

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