Biden says Pentagon chief Austin should have told him about illness

Biden says Pentagon chief Austin should have told him about illness

Biden says Pentagon chief Austin should have told him about illness By Reuters

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Published Jan 12, 2024 03:34PM ET

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden, flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, makes a statement to the news media ahead of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2023. REUTERS/Leah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin should have told him about the illness that led to his hospitalization, but that he has still has confidence in the Pentagon chief.

“Yes,” Biden said, when asked if it was lapse in judgment on Austin’s part not to inform him. Austin has been hospitalized since Jan. 1 for complications that began after he underwent a procedure for prostate cancer on Dec. 22.

Biden says Pentagon chief Austin should have told him about illness

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