FILE — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 31, 2023.
MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been moved to critical care unit after being hospitalized with a bladder issue, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said on Monday, adding that it is unclear now when the Pentagon chief will return to his duties. On Sunday night, the Pentagon said that Austin was again hospitalized for medical examination due to bladder problems. Later, the department said that Austin transferred his powers to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. «Tonight, after a series of tests and evaluations, the Secretary was admitted into the critical care unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for supportive care and close monitoring,» Dr. John Maddox and Dr. Gregory Chesnut said in a statement. AmericasUS Defense Secretary Hospitalized Again Due to Bladder Issue — Pentagon04:15 GMTThe statement added that it is now unclear how long Austin will remain in the hospital. «The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery. His cancer prognosis remains excellent,» the statement read.