On January 15, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized for suspected bladder problems. The announcement was made by Pentagon press secretary Patrick Ryder. According to a Pentagon press release, at approximately 2:20 p.m. local time, Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed for evaluation due to symptoms consistent with bladder problems. Despite being in the hospital, the Secretary of Defense continues to perform his duties and has access to all open and secret communication channels.
This hospitalization comes after Lloyd Austin was released from the hospital on January 15 after treatment for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed at an early stage. The Pentagon press service reported that the Secretary of Defense did not require any additional treatment following his prostatectomy on December 22.
Lloyd Austin, who is 70 years old, has headed the Pentagon since January 2021. He underwent a prostatectomy on December 22 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier in December. On January 1, he experienced complications that led to readmission to the hospital.