SecDef Austin In Critical Care, But At Least Biden And White House Know About It

SecDef Back To Hospital -- And Biden Knows

First lady Jill Biden, left, and President Joe Biden walk past Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during the casualty return for U.S. Army Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Ga., U.S. Army Sgt. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Ga., and U.S. Army Sgt. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was admitted to the intensive care unit of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday evening for close monitoring and special care.

Earlier on Sunday, Secretary Austin, who is currently battling cancer, was taken to the hospital displaying signs of a serious bladder ailment. Detailed examinations led to his subsequent stay in the critical care facility where he is under careful observation.

Pentagon officials have commented that the exact duration of Secretary Austin’s hospitalization is currently uncertain. However, they emphasize that this medical concern does not diminish the positive outlook for his complete recuperation. The Defense Secretary’s prognostications regarding his ongoing cancer treatment continue to be positive.

Amid Secretary Austin’s health concerns, his official duties have been provisionally handed over to Kathleen Hicks, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, as of Sunday afternoon.

The Department of Defense is expected to provide further updates on Secretary Austin’s health status when available.