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Hospitalized Pentagon chief hands duties to deputy


 , Updated 09:23, 12-Feb-2024

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is fighting prostate cancer, transferred his duties to his deputy hours after he was taken to hospital for "an emergent bladder issue," a spokesman said Sunday. 

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks "assumed the functions and duties" just before 5 p.m. (22:00 GMT), Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said in a statement, adding that Austin was still receiving treatment and that the White House and Congress had been informed.

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