Supporting Kiev against Russia, Israel against Palestinian Hamas, Washington, whose forces are regularly the target of attacks in Iraq and Syria, is mobilizing its international partners against the Houthi rebels of Yemen, who threaten maritime transport at sea Red.
The White House conceded that these secret hospitalizations were not ideal.
If the president maintained his confidence in his Secretary of Defense, according to his spokesperson, the White House also ordered a review of the rules applicable in the event of incapacity of senior officials.
Republican elected officials have called for the departure of Lloyd Austin, notably former President Donald Trump, Joe Biden's likely presidential rival. November.
Republican senators held a press conference on Thursday to protest against the person's management of his medical situation.
When the secretary of defense is in pain to the point where he has to leave his residence in an ambulance and be taken to the hospital to be placed in an intensive care unit, this is not a minor detail, said Roger Wicker, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Aerial view of the Pentagon in Arlington, near Washington. (File photo)
This is an event of such seriousness, scale and magnitude that key members of the Department of Defense, including his own deputy, should have been informed. /p>
Like others, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks was not made aware of the boss's second hospitalization from the Pentagon only three days later, even if some of his responsibilities had been transferred to him beforehand.
America deserves answers now, the senator continued.
Several Democrats also expressed discomfort with the situation, but only one demanded that the secretary leave office.
While Lloyd Austin is still hospitalized, he remains in contact with his teams and is kept informed of operations, according to the Pentagon.
Republican Senator Rick Scott welcomed the opening of investigations but demanded more exhaustive explanations.
I am happy [… ] of the investigation, but I think [someone from] the Pentagon needs to come here right away and tell us exactly what happened. And anyone who commits a mistake must be held responsible.
Joe Biden has always been reluctant to fire senior officials in order to ;avoid reshuffles and repeated crises as during the Trump era.
He had particularly clung to his advisor at the national security Jake Sullivan despite the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, with the capture of Kabul by the Taliban.