Hospitalized Pentagon chief hands duties to deputy

12 February 2024
2024-02-12 15:24

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is fighting prostate cancer, transferred his duties to his deputy hours after he was taken to hospital for an emergent bladder issue, the Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday. 

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks assumed the functions and duties, adding that Austin was still receiving treatment and that the White House and Congress had been informed.

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