SecDef Austin Readmitted to Hospital for “Emergent Bladder Issue”

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has been readmitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for “symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue,” according to a statement by the Pentagon.

The statement also went on to include that while Secretary Austin is retaining the functions and duties of his office, the “Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been notified. Additionally, White House and Congressional notifications have occurred.”

On January 1, Austin was hospitalized at Walter Reed for a procedure to treat prostate cancer, which received scrutiny as his absence was not relayed to anyone, including the White House, for three days.

At the time, Austin apologized and said the “recognizes I could have done a better job ensuring the public was appropriately informed. I commit to doing better.”