• July 24, 2024

So, What’s The Real Reason They Were So Quiet About Sec Def Hospitalization?

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin remained in the hospital on Sunday night, having been admitted at the beginning of the new year due to severe pain following a recent elective procedure he underwent in late December.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, Austin is currently recovering well and in good spirits at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder stated that Austin resumed his duties on Friday evening, receiving operational updates, and providing necessary guidance to his team.

The statement emphasized that Austin has full access to secure communication capabilities and is actively monitoring the day-to-day operations of the Department of Defense worldwide. Additionally, it noted that Austin has been in contact with President Biden, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., and his senior staff.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Austin underwent an undisclosed elective procedure on December 22, returning home the following day. On January 1, he experienced severe pain and was promptly rushed to Walter Reed, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

The report further mentioned that the White House was not informed of the situation due to Austin’s chief of staff, Kelly Magsamen, being concurrently absent with the flu. Furthermore, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown was not obligated to inform the White House as a “subordinate adviser.”

In a statement, Austin acknowledged the need for better communication with the public, stating, “I recognize I could have done a better job ensuring the public was appropriately informed. I commit to doing better. But this is important to say: this was my medical procedure, and I take full responsibility for my decisions about disclosure.”

The Daily Allegiant