No Word On Secretary Austin’s Return to Pentagon


In this Department of Defense video, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin provides opening remarks at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 from his home in Great Falls, Va. Austin has been recuperating at home from complications from prostate cancer treatments. (Department of Defense via AP)
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(AURN News) — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin continues on the path to recovery after complications from recent prostate cancer surgery, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Major General Pat Ryder.

“The Secretary continues to recuperate from home. He’s recovering well. As I highlighted last week, part of his care at home continues to be physical therapy. But again, we’ll keep you updated on his return date to the Pentagon,” Ryder affirmed.

On Tuesday, during a virtual meeting for the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, Secretary Austin made his first public appearance since his hospitalization.

“As you can tell, I’m joining from home today. I’m feeling good and looking forward to being back at the Pentagon very soon. And I’m grateful for all of your warm wishes,” he said.

The Secretary of Defense, however, is not only battling health challenges but also facing political pressure. Some members of Congress, spanning both political aisles, have called for Austin’s resignation. The criticism stems from allegations that he did not initially disclose his health issues and complications following the surgery.

Click play to listen to the AURN News report from Jamie Jackson:

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