This information was reported by the Pentagon website, URA-Inform reports.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on January 1, 2024. However, the Pentagon announced this only 4 days later.
An official statement on the Pentagon website reports that the reason for the hospitalization was complications after a planned medical procedure. At the same time, the United States did not disclose any more details, and only added that Austin is recovering and will return to duty in the near future.
« On the evening of January 1, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center due to complications from a recently scheduled medical procedure, said Pentagon Press Secretary Major General Pat Ryder.
It is also clarified that while the head of the Pentagon was in the hospital, his duties were performed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.
«At any time The Deputy Minister of Defense was ready to act on behalf of the Minister and carry out his powers if necessary,” he added.
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