Pentagon Chief Stumbles Over The Number Of Palestinians Killed By Israel

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that Israeli forces had killed over 25,000 women and children in Gaza — but the Pentagon walked back his remark, saying Austin was referring to Palestinian health officials’ count of all Palestinians killed since Oct. 7. Austin’s comment came the same day Palestinian health officials said the death … Read more

Republicans slam Defense Secretary Austin for hospitalization handling

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing about his failure to disclose his cancer diagnosis and subsequent hospitalizations, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 29, 2024. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Republicans grilled U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at a hearing Thursday about the handling of his January … Read more

Pentagon Review Finds No ‘Ill Intent’ Behind Keeping Lloyd Austin’s Hospitalization Secret

The Defense Department on Monday published an unclassified summary of an internal review on the decision to keep Secretary Lloyd Austin’s hospitalization secret, noting that nothing examined during the probe “demonstrated any indication of ill intent or an attempt to obfuscate.” Austin’s chief of staff, Kelly Magsamen, ordered the department’s director of administration and management … Read more

Austin cancels trip for Ukraine, NATO meetings after hospitalization

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin delivers remarks during a meeting with Kenyan Defense Minister Aden Duale at the Pentagon on February 07, 2024 in Arlington, Virginia. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin canceled a trip to Brussels this week where he was set to attend meetings related to Ukraine’s defense and NATO, … Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin re-hospitalized for bladder issue

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes questions during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2024.  Andrew Caballero-reynolds | Afp | Getty Images Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was taken back to the hospital on Sunday afternoon for symptoms related to a possible bladder issue, the Pentagon announced. Austin is battling … Read more

Defense Sec. Austin Hospitalized With Bladder Issue, But ‘Retaining The Functions’ Of Office

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologizes for his handling of cancer diagnosis and hospitalization

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2024.  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin publicly apologized Thursday for not telling President Joe Biden and the public about his prostate cancer diagnosis and his subsequent hospitalization. “We … Read more

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Back At Pentagon After Secret Hospital Stay

Washington: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin returned to work at the Pentagon Monday, the Defense Department said, following a hospitalization for complications from cancer treatment that he initially failed to disclose to the president and Congress. Austin — whose return comes a day after a deadly attack on American troops in the Middle East — … Read more

US Defense Chief Lloyd Austin To Make ‘Full Recovery’ From Cancer: Doctors

Austin, a 70-year-old career soldier, initially underwent minor surgery to treat cancer on December 22. Washington: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is likely to make a “full recovery” from prostate cancer and his prognosis is “excellent,” two doctors said after he was seen at Walter Reed hospital for a follow-up appointment. Austin controversially kept US … Read more

Defense Secretary Released From Hospital

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been released from Walter Reed Medical Center after weeks of backlash over his decision to keep his hospitalization a secret ― even from the commander in chief. The Pentagon said that Austin was released Monday after consultation with the medical staff, as first reported by The Associated Press. On the … Read more