Washington – He United States Secretary of DefenseLloyd J. Austin III, reported this Saturday that he was subjected to “a medical procedure” and took responsibility for not having communicated to the public more transparently about this situation.
“I am very happy to be improving and I hope to return to the Pentagon soon“Austin, 70, said in a statement, without detailing his state of health or the procedure he underwent.
“It is important to say this: this was my medical procedure and I take full responsibility for my decisions regarding disclosure,” the Secretary of Defense stressed in the press release.
National media have been speculating in recent days about Austin’s health status and the lack of information to the public. and to the US Government itself.
NBC reported that Austin was hospitalized and He spent four days in the intensive care unitaccording to two senior administration officials.
The media added that the Pentagon did not inform senior officials of the National Security Council of the White House on Austin’s hospitalization through Thursdaythree days after his arrival at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Austin stated today that he understands “media concerns about transparency” and acknowledged “that he could have done a better job ensuring the public was adequately informed.”
“I promise to do better”, he reiterated in the statement.
Austin also thanked the medical staff at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and to his colleagues and friends.
“I also appreciate all the outreach and good wishes from colleagues and friends. Charlene (his wife) and I are very grateful for your support”, he detailed in the statement.