Lloyd Austin will tell Congress about his decision to keep cancer and hospital stay secret

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has agreed to testify in front of the House Armed Services Committee about his decisions to keep his recent hospitalization a secret from top Biden administration officials.

The secretary will appear in front of the committee on Feb. 29, the committee’s spokesperson said on Tuesday. Lawmakers initially pushed for Austin to appear next week, but the testimony was pushed because the secretary said he had a scheduling conflict.

The testimony is expected to center on the secretary’s recent prostate cancer diagnosis revelation and his two-week hospitalization that stemmed from complications in treating it. Austin received the diagnosis in early December, had surgery to treat it on Dec. 22, 2023, and was hospitalized with complications on Jan. 1. 

During the hospitalization, Austin briefly gave up some of his
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