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The Pentagon is investigating its chief's controversial hospitalization

The Pentagon is investigating its chief's controversial hospitalization

The US Department of Defense will launch an independent investigation into the cases of Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin, who was suffering from prostate cancer, being secretly hospitalized for a long time, according to an internal memo published Thursday.

The purpose of this review is to examine the processes, procedures, responsibilities, actions and roles related to the Secretary of Defense's admission to hospital in December 2023 and January 2024.which is specified in the text.

Lloyd Austin, 70, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early December. He had surgery on December 22, went home the next day, and was hospitalized again as of December 1.any January due to complications including nausea and severe pain.

The White House was not informed of his hospitalization until last Thursday. Congress learned of the situation on Friday, and President Joe Biden was not informed of the diagnosis until this week.

This situation caused a great uproar and calls for the dismissal or resignation of Lloyd Austin multiplied, which constituted a real thorn in the side of the head of state in the middle of an election year.

Re-evaluate procedures

The Pentagon's investigation, which will be led by an independent inspector general, is also expected to evaluate whether current procedures within the Defense Department are sound. Adequate to ensure timely and appropriate notifications and effective transfer of authority in the event of illness or unavailability of senior officialsaccording to the memo.