US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was admitted to the hospital again yesterday and has again transferred the functions to his deputy, the Pentagon announced.
Austin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently had surgery, hid his first trip to the hospital in December, which drew a lot of criticism, for which he apologized.
He was taken to Walter Reed Military Hospital in suburban Washington for an emergency bladder problem, Washington spokesman Pat Ryder said.
Ryder said that at around 17:XNUMX local time yesterday, Minister Austin transferred his duties to assistant Kathleen Hicks, who is now taking over Austin's duties.
The Pentagon later announced that Austin had been admitted to intensive care.
A spokesman said Austin was still receiving treatment and the White House and Congress had been notified.
Hours earlier, the Pentagon announced that Austin had gone to the hospital with the necessary classified and non-classified communication systems to perform his duties.
At a press conference on February 1, Austin apologized for keeping his illness and hospital stay a secret, which drew widespread criticism in the country.
In the middle of an election year, when the US, as the world's leading military power, is fighting two major wars, in Ukraine and in the Gaza Strip, Austin underwent surgery and was hospitalized twice, in December and in January, without President Biden knowing anything about it. .
The minister admitted at the press conference that it was a mistake and said that he directly apologized to Biden, who, as he stated, reacted politely.
The secrets stunned even his own Democratic Party ranks, while Republicans called for Austin's resignation.
This time his Ministry quickly announced a new trip to the hospital, the media was informed two hours after he was transferred there.