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    Defense Secretary Austin Hospitalized With Bladder Issue, But ‘Retaining the Functions’ of Office

    Defense Secretary Austin Hospitalized With Bladder Issue, But ‘Retaining the Functions' of Office

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized Sunday following symptoms pointing to an “emergent bladder issue,” the Pentagon said.

    In a statement, the Pentagon said Austin was transported by his security detail to Walter Reed National Medical Center around 2:20 p.m. He “is retaining the functions and duties of his office,” according to Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, who added that the deputy defense secretary has been notified and is prepared to assume Austin's duties “if required.”

    The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff was also notified, as well as the White House and some members of Congress.

    Ryder said Austin traveled to the hospital with the unclassified and classified communications systems needed to perform his job.

    Austin was scheduled to depart Tuesday for to hold a meeting of the Ukraine contact group, which he established in 2022 to coordinate military support for after Russia's invasion. After that, Austin was scheduled to attend a regular meeting of NATO defense ministers. It was not immediately clear if this hospitalization would change those plans.

    Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December and underwent a procedure called a prostatectomy to treat it on Dec. 22.

    Over the next week, he developed complications and on Jan. 1, in extreme pain, he…

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