US defence secretary in hospital, scraps plans to attend Nato meet

Feb 13, 2024

Washington: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has Cancelled The Pentagon chief was admitted to a critical care unit and transferred his duties to his deputy, a US official said Monday while he was on a trip to Brussels where he was to attend a meeting with NATO defense ministers. Had to do.
Austin, 70, was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Sunday for “symptoms suggestive of a sudden bladder problem.” Austin had failed to disclose his December surgery for prostate cancer and his hospitalization in January to deal with its complications. Austin was due to depart for a NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
It was unclear how long Austin would remain there. hospital, but he has transferred his duties to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. Austin's secrecy during his hospitalization in December and January sparked a political uproar. Republicans accused him of dereliction of duty. President Biden, a Democrat, has said he has confidence in Austin, even though the president agreed there were lapses in judgment.

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