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American Secretary of Defense hospitalized again

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last December.

Agence France-Presse

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, whose secret hospitalizations had sparked controversy, was once again admitted to the x27;hospital on Sunday, and delegated his duties to his deputy, the Pentagon announced.

The leader, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently underwent surgery, was taken to a military facility in suburban Washington for a problem urgent bladder problem, Pentagon spokesperson Pat Ryder said in a statement.At approximately 4:55 p.m. today, Secretary Austin transferred the Department's duties to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. She is assuming Mr. Austin's duties, the spokesperson continued, adding that Mr. Austin was still receiving treatment and that the White House and Congress had been informed.

A few hours earlier, the Pentagon had indicated that Mr. Austin had traveled to the hospital with the classified and unclassified communications systems necessary to carry out his duties.

During a press conference on February 1, the Secretary of Defense apologized for keeping his cancer a secret , an affair which caused an outcry in the country.

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Antony Blinken (left) and Lloyd Austin (right) with US President Joe Biden during a cabinet meeting in October 2023.

In the middle of an election year and while the United States, the world's leading military power, is closely following two major conflicts, in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, Mr. Austin was operated on and hospitalized twice in December and January without President Joe Biden does not know it.

It was a mistake, the secretary admitted during this press briefing to which he spoke. ;is presented with a still stiff gait.

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