Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, was hospitalized with suspected bladder problems on January 4. This came after he was released from the hospital on January 15 following treatment for prostate cancer that had been diagnosed at an early stage. The Pentagon press secretary, Patrick Ryder, made the announcement and stated that the Secretary of Defense was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation due to symptoms consistent with bladder problems at approximately 2:20 p.m. local time.
Despite being in the hospital, Lloyd Austin remains committed to performing his duties and has access to all open and secret communication channels. His Deputy Kathleen Hicks and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Charles Brown, were informed about his hospitalization as well as the White House and Congress.
Lloyd Austin is a 70-year-old man who has headed the Pentagon since January 2021. In early December, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy on December 22. However, on January 1, he experienced complications that led to readmission to the hospital.