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Urgent Bladder Problem and Secret Cancer Diagnosis: What Happened to US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin?

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Feb 12, 2024
US Defense Minister Delegates His Duties as Country is in “Intensive Care”

Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Minister, was rushed to hospital for an urgent bladder problem. This admission sparked controversy due to his multiple hospitalizations in recent times. After being admitted to intensive care, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks took over as the head of the Pentagon. Doctors stated that the bladder problem should not affect his expected full recovery and that his prognosis for cancer remained excellent.

Prior to this hospitalization, Austin had undergone surgery for prostate cancer, which he had kept secret from President Joe Biden. He apologized for not informing the president and the American people about his diagnosis, stating that it was a mistake. Despite calls for his resignation, Biden expressed confidence in him and acknowledged that there was no vacancy of power or risk for the command and control of the ministry.

Austin’s discretion in handling his health issues was driven by his desire to avoid the limelight and maintain a reputation as a largely apolitical public servant who is comfortable with American troops. The controversy over his health problems arose while the US was closely following major conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip and as US forces in Iraq and Syria were being targeted by attacks by Iranian-backed fighters. Despite this controversy, Biden maintained his confidence in Austin, who is a key figure in the administration’s efforts to maintain support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

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