Lloyd Austin’s doctors think he may need additional care, White House says

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White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s doctors think he may still need some additional care.

“We’ll see, you know, when he can be released, but obviously they still feel like he may need some additional care … part of that is just physical therapy,” Kirby told CBS’ Face the Nation.

Kirby said “there is routine regular communication” between President Joe Biden and Austin and that the secretary remains “actively involved and engaged” from the hospital.

Austin remains hospitalised and is in good condition, the Pentagon said on Saturday, adding that it did not yet have a specific date for his release.

US defence chief has prostate cancer – and Biden just found out

Austin, 70, was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Maryland on December 22 to treat prostate cancer. He returned to the hospital on January 1 after complications including a urinary tract infection and has remained there ever since.

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he has confidence in Austin despite what Biden agreed was a lapse in judgment by the Pentagon chief over his secret hospitalisation.

Austin’s failure to tell Biden he was hospitalised drew criticism from lawmakers and caught the White House by surprise.

Lloyd Austin’s doctors think he may need additional care, White House says

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