Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in critical care

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Sunday afternoon following symptoms of an “emergent bladder issue,” according to the Pentagon. He has since transferred his duties to his deputy.

“Today, at approximately 2:20 pm, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was transported by his security detail to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be seen for symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue,” Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

In a statement late Sunday night, Walter Reed officials said that Austin was admitted to a critical care unit of the hospital “after a series of tests and evaluations.”

“At this time, it is not clear how long Secretary Austin will remain hospitalized,” Walter Reed’s statement read. “The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery. His cancer prognosis remains excellent. Updates on the Secretary’s condition will be provided as soon as possible.”


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