The recent revelation of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s hospitalization and lack of notification to President Joe Biden and other government and military leaders has raised questions about transparency and communication within the administration. Here’s a detailed timeline of events:
During regular medical screenings, Austin’s lab results identify prostate cancer which requires treatment. He does not disclose that news to staff or the White House.
Austin undergoes a minimally invasive surgical procedure called a prostatectomy to treat and cure prostate cancer. He does not inform the White House or senior staff about the procedure.
Austin is discharged from Walter Reed.
Austin is working from home. On December 25, in response to militia attacks in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command strikes multiple facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq.
In the evening, Austin is in severe pain and is taken by ambulance back to Walter Reed. He is admitted to the intensive care unit. Neither his staff nor the White House are informed of the development.
Austin transfers certain operational responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks and his senior staff is informed of his hospitalization. However, the White House remains uninformed.
These events have raised concerns about the lack of disclosure and its potential impact on Austin’s ability to carry out his duties, especially his upcoming travel schedule. The administration faces scrutiny over the handling of this sensitive matter and the need for transparent communication.