Biden not informed of Austin’s cancer diagnosis ‘until this morning’: White House

President Joe Biden did not learn about Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin‘s cancer diagnosis until this morning, the White House said Tuesday.

Austin’s prostate cancer diagnosis was disclosed publicly Tuesday afternoon, mere hours after the president learned, even though Austin reportedly received the diagnosis himself last month.

“[Biden] was not informed until last Friday that Secretary Austin was in the hospital,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said during the afternoon press briefing. “He was not informed until this morning that the root cause of that hospitalization was prostate cancer.”

Despite this, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden has “full confidence” in Austin, and Kirby added that the president plans to keep him on as defense secretary through the end of his term in office.

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