Defense Secretary Austin returns to hospital

Both statements indicated that the Biden White House, members of Congress and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Air Force Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr.) had been notified of Austin’s latest health issue.

Austin was recently hospitalized at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland, for complications from surgery he underwent in December for prostate cancer.

At issue at the time was that Austin didn’t immediately notify other government leaders that he was hospitalized, and even the White House was not aware of where Austin was for at least a few days. “We did not handle this right. I did not handle this right.” Austin told reporters
at the Pentagon
on Feb. 1.

The notifications specified in Ryder’s statement were meant to address those issues.

Austin was last released from the hospital Jan. 15. It is not known how long he might be in the hospital this time.