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Pentagon Chief Says He Takes Full Responsibility for Secret Hospitalization

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized on the evening of Jan. 1.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made a public statement on Saturday night that he could have done a better job informing the public about a recent medical procedure that required his hospitalization.

“I recognize I could have done a better job ensuring the public was appropriately informed. I commit to doing better,” he said in a statement addressing media concerns over the lack of transparency.

“This was my medical procedure, and I take full responsibility for my decisions about disclosure,” the 70-year-old added.

The statement follows pressure to address a Politico report citing two anonymous senior administration officials that there had been a three-day delay in notifying the White House of the Pentagon chief’s days-long hospitalization.

“Secretary Austin must address promptly the troubling report that the Department of Defense didn’t immediately notify President Biden or the National Security Council that he was hospitalized and unable to perform his duties,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said in a statement.

“The Secretary of Defense is the key link in the chain of command between the president and

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