Pressure is mounting on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to resign after he failed to inform President Joe Biden of his recent hospitalization.
Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Jan. 1 for complications arising from a recent elective medical procedure, according to Conservative Archives.
NBC: "Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin has been hospitalized since New Year's Day," but the Biden admin didn't disclose it until tonight — and "refuses to say how serious his condition was or why he was not able to perform his duties" pic.twitter.com/vLVAPLz6un
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 6, 2024
However, Austin did not inform the public of his hospitalization until Jan. 5, four days after he was admitted. Austin also hid his hospitalization from the White House, with President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan finding out on Jan. 4.
Former President Donald Trump took to his Truth Social account to demand Biden fire Austin.
“Failed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin should be fired immediately for improper professional conduct and dereliction of duty, He has been missing for one week, and nobody, including his boss, Crooked Joe Biden, had a clue as to where he was, or might be,” Trump wrote. “He has performed poorly, and should have been dismissed long ago, along with ‘General’ Mark Milley, for many reasons, but in particular the catastrophic surrender in Afghanistan, perhaps the most embarrassing moment in the history of our Country!”
.@JackPosobiec on Lloyd Austin going to the ICU without telling anybody: "It's a massive violation of US laws pertains to the National Command Authority and also as pertains to the military's personnel readiness program." pic.twitter.com/r0nbuD21DS
— Human Events (@HumanEvents) January 8, 2024
Brett Bruen, who served as Director of Global Engagement under President Barack Obama, said Austin should resign over the saga.
“I think both he should resign, but I think there have to be several resignations here, including his chief of staff, as well as other officials,” Bruen told CNN Host Erin Burnett. “You mentioned the Pentagon spokesperson, he briefed reporters on Thursday, knowing then that Secretary Austin was in the hospital, did not disclose that information. These are not minor mistakes. These are serious breaches of trust, they’re serious breaches of transparency, and they do ultimately affect our readiness as a nation to respond.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Monday called on Austin to resign. The lawmaker maintained that Austin’s decision to hide his condition is “absolutely unacceptable.”
It is shocking and absolutely unacceptable that the Department of Defense waited multiple days to notify the President, the National Security Council, and the American people that Defense Secretary Austin was hospitalized and unable to perform his duties. In the chain of command,…
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) January 8, 2024
“It is shocking and absolutely unacceptable that the Department of Defense waited multiple days to notify the President, the National Security Council, and the American people that Defense Secretary Austin was hospitalized and unable to perform his duties,” the Republican conference chair said in a statement. “There must be full accountability beginning with the immediate resignation of Secretary Austin and those that lied for him and a Congressional investigation into this dangerous dereliction of duty.”