WH Responds To Questions About Austin’s Condition


In a stunning turn of events, it was revealed late last week that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was in the intensive care unit at Walter Reed National Medical Center due to complications from an "elective" surgical procedure. The news came as a shock to many, as it was reported that for four days no one in the White House, State Department, the Intelligence Community, or most of the Pentagon knew of his condition.

The Department of Defense released a statement on Friday, revealing that Austin had been admitted to the ICU on New Year's Day. However, the lack of information surrounding his hospitalization raised concerns and led to more details being revealed. It was discovered that Congress was not informed until 15 minutes before the public announcement, and senior Pentagon staff were only notified two hours prior.

It was also reported that Austin's deputy, Kathleen Hicks, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and President Joe Biden were informed of his condition on Thursday. This raised questions about why it took so long for the news to reach high-level officials, and why the public was kept in the dark for so long.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman C. Q. Brown was only informed on Tuesday, further adding to the confusion and lack of transparency surrounding the situation. Adding to the growing unease, it was also revealed that Austin's chief of staff, Kelly Magsamen, had known about his incapacitation since Tuesday but chose not to disclose it until she returned to work on Thursday.

As more information became public, it was discovered that Austin's personal staff has been telling people that he was "working from home." This raised concerns about the loyalty of his staff, who seemed more loyal to Austin than to their duty to inform the institution and the president they served.

The Pentagon has launched an internal inquiry into its procedures to determine if anything was handled improperly. However, the person in charge of this investigation is Austin's own chief of staff, raising doubts about the credibility and effectiveness of the investigation.

During a joint press conference on Monday, NSC spokesman John Kirby attempted to address the growing questions and concerns about the lack of transparency. However, Kirby's statements seemed to do little to ease the unease surrounding the situation.

To add to the confusion, it was revealed today that Austin's "elective" surgery was to treat prostate cancer. Given the implications of this information, questions arose about why it was labeled as elective and why he was put under general anesthesia for the surgery. As a result, many are questioning whether Austin's deputy was given full powers as Secretary of Defense during this time.

The revelation of Austin's health condition and the lack of transparency surrounding it has raised serious concerns about the state of affairs in the Pentagon and the level of trust between high-level officials. Many are calling for a full investigation into the procedures and protocols in place at the Pentagon, as well as Austin's actions and decisions during this time.

As the details continue to unfold, the public is left with more questions than answers. It remains to be seen how this situation will play out and what actions will be taken to address the issues raised by this incident. One thing is clear, however, the lack of transparency and questionable decision-making has shaken the trust and confidence of the American people in their government officials.

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