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Lloyd Austin hospitalized for a bladder issue but will continue to carry out duties as defense secretary

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon for a bladder issue, the Defense Department said in a statement.


For now, Austin will continue to carry out his duties, said the Pentagon press secretary, Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, but Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is prepared to assume his duties if needed.


Austin’s security detail took him to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, where he retains the “unclassified and classified communications systems necessary to perform his duties,” Ryder said.


The White House and Congress have been notified of his condition, along with Hicks and Gen. Charles Brown, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.