Pentagon chief in hospital due to ‘emergent bladder issue’US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been urgently hospitalized on Sunday Read Full Article at RT.com

Lloyd Austin has sought urgent treatment for the second time this year

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized over a medical emergency on Sunday, the Pentagon announced.

According to Pentagon spokesman Major General Pat Ryder, Austin was “transported by his security detail to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be seen for symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue.”

Austin is “retaining the functions and duties of his office,” the spokesman said, adding that Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks is on standby.

Ryder said that the White House and Congress have been notified about the hospitalization.

Austin underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on December 22. He was then hospitalized for two weeks in early January due to “complications,” the Pentagon said at the time.

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