Biden not considering firing Austin following mysterious hospitalization

President Joe Biden is standing by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin following a prolonged hospitalization of which the White House was not properly notified.

The Pentagon leader, who is sixth in the line of succession to the presidency and one of the most private members of Biden’s Cabinet, was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week for “complications following a recent elective medical procedure.” However, Biden and White House officials had not been made aware of the specific developments until Thursday, days after Austin had been admitted.

A White House official declined to comment on the exact nature of Austin’s medical procedure, nor the delay in notifying the White House of the subsequent hospitalization, but told the Washington Examiner that the president remains confident in Austin’s ability to lead the Defense Department.

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