Defense Sec. Austin back in hospital ahead of busy travel week: Pentagon officials

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is backmost successful nan infirmary astatine Walter Reed for an "emergent bladder issue," according to Pentagon officials.

Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder confirmed Austin was astatine Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, adding that nan lawman defense secretary, associated chiefs of staff, White House and Congress person each been notified.

In a statement, Ryder said Austin was transported by his information item to Walter Reed astatine astir 2:20 p.m. connected Sunday, adding that he is retaining nan functions and duties of his office.

"The Deputy Secretary is prepared to presume nan functions and duties of nan Secretary of Defense, if required," nan connection read. "Secretary Austin traveled to nan infirmary pinch nan unclassified and classified communications systems basal to execute his duties."

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Austin was expected to time off Joint Base Andrews connected Tuesday greeting to recreation to Brussels for nan Ukraine Defense Contact Group connected Wednesday and nan NATO Defense Ministerial connected Thursday.

It is excessively soon to show if Austin will beryllium capable to travel, a elder U.S. defense official said, adding his doctors are assessing nan secretary’s condition.

In December, Austin was admitted to Walter Reed and underwent prostate crab surgery. He developed an infection a week later and was readmitted to nan hospital.

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President Biden and other elder management officials were not told for days astir his hospitalization aliases his cancer.

Despite being admitted to Walter Reed connected Jan.1, nan Pentagon didn't pass nan public, property aliases Congress until Jan. 5. 

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Officials besides acknowledged that nan White House had not been informed astir Austin's hospitalization until Jan. 4. 

On Feb. 1, Austin said he apologized straight to President Biden for not giving beforehand announcement astir his hospitalization for prostate crab treatment.

"I want to beryllium crystal clear. We did not grip this correct and I did not grip this right," Austin said during a property briefing connected Feb. 1, regarding his erstwhile hospitalization. "I should person told nan president astir my crab diagnosis. I should person besides told my squad and nan American public, and I return afloat responsibility. I apologize to my teammates and to nan American people."