Austin to Undergo Medical Procedure, Delegate Authority to Deputy

Washington β€” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will undergo a medical procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening and will transfer power temporarily to his deputy. Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement that Austin continues to deal with bladder issues that arose in December following his treatment for prostate cancer.

The procedure is elective and minimally invasive, and β€œis not related to his cancer diagnosis and has had no effect on his excellent cancer prognosis,” Ryder said.