BREAKING: Defense Secretary Surrenders Duties

( – After trying to mislead the American people by keeping a topic of national interest under wraps, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin found himself under the care of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center due to an urgent bladder health scare.

The unexpected turn of events escalated and now Austin is being monitored closely in the critical care unit after initial symptoms prompted his security detail to rush him to the hospital earlier.

The Pentagon recognized the gravity of Austin’s condition, informed the White House and passed the baton of defense department duties to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.

70-year-old Austin has recently been in the spotlight for his handling of personal health matters: Austin had a sort of clandestine stay at Walter Reed when he developed an infection after a surgery to address prostate cancer.

The decision to keep his hospitalization from public knowledge, Joe Biden and Pentagon officials sparked a wave of criticism. Many argued that Austin’s role as the nation’s top defense official comes with an expectation of openness about matters that could affect his ability to serve.

In a candid acknowledgment of these concerns, Austin committed to testifying on Capitol Hill about his decision to keep his health issues under wraps. This comes in the wake of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) initiating a formal inquiry into Austin’s hospitalization, demanding a detailed account of the events and the lack of communication surrounding Austin’s condition.

Austin himself admitted he mishandled the situation and offered a direct apology to Biden and the American public. “I want to be crystal clear. We did not handle this right and I did not handle this right,” Austin expressed during a press briefing.

The Department of Defense remains optimistic about Austin’s recovery despite the challenges and noted that his current bladder issue is not expected to hinder his full recovery nor alter the positive outlook of his cancer prognosis.

As Austin receives the necessary care and monitoring, the focus shifts to Deputy Defense Secretary Hicks who steps in amid these unforeseen circumstances just as she had during Austin’s previous hospitalization.