© AP Photo/Matthias SchraderUS Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
WASHINGTON, Feb 14 – Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin appeared in public for the first time after another hospitalization, saying that he feels well and the prognosis for cancer treatment remains “excellent.”
The minister, who was released from the hospital the day before, is holding a virtual meeting on Wednesday of representatives of countries providing military assistance to Ukraine.
“I had planned to be with you in Brussels today, but had to return to the hospital for non-surgical procedures. I am in good condition and the cancer prognosis remains excellent. I truly appreciate all the well wishes,” Austin said.
Austin was admitted to hospital under general anesthesia on Sunday due to bladder problems.
The Pentagon chief underwent “minimally invasive” surgery for prostate cancer on December 22, and on New Year’s Day returned to the hospital for two weeks due to inflammation of the urinary tract and fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity.