Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Secretary Austin provided the following statement: “I’m grateful for the excellent care I received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and want to thank the outstanding doctors and nursing staff for their professionalism and superb support. I also am thankful and appreciative for all the well wishes I received for a speedy recovery. Now, as I continue to recuperate and perform my duties from home, I’m eager to fully recover and return as quickly as possible to the Pentagon.”
Secrecy and false statements surrounding Austin’s 14-day hospitalization has led to criticism from some in Congress, the media, and even President Joe Biden, who agreed on Friday it was wrong for Austin to keep his prostate cancer diagnosis secret from the Commander in Chief.