Trump Calls for Defense Secretary Austin’s Immediate Dismissal, Labels His Hospital Silence as ‘Dereliction of Duty’ and ‘Professional Misconduct

Trump’s Demand for Austin’s Firing

Former President Donald Trump publicly demanded the immediate dismissal of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, citing a week-long absence from public notice while secretly admitted to the ICU.

Trump, expressing his anger on Truth Social, accused Austin of ‘dereliction of duty’ for failing to disclose his whereabouts, even to his superiors, including President Joe Biden.

Trump’s Criticisms and Austin’s Alleged Failures

In his scathing post, Trump lambasted Austin’s performance, highlighting not just the recent ICU incident but also past grievances, notably the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Despite Trump’s calls, reports suggest Austin’s position is secure as a longstanding ally of President Biden, tracing back to their association during the Obama administration’s Iraq policy.

Austin’s Ties with Biden and Past Professional Associations

Austin’s connection with Biden dates to their shared history during the Obama era, especially during Biden’s tenure as vice president when Austin played a crucial role in Middle Eastern operations.

Additionally, his bond with Beau Biden, especially during their shared time in Iraq, further cements his relationship with the Biden family.

Pentagon’s Revelation and Secrecy Criticisms

Pentagon officials released belated details regarding Austin’s hospital stay, admitting that he underwent a medical procedure on December 22 and was later admitted to intensive care on January 1. T

he delayed disclosure raised concerns across party lines in Congress about transparency and the handling of crucial information about a top military official.

Lack of Transparency and Notification Delays

The Pentagon’s failure to notify Biden, the National Security Council, and top officials for days about Austin’s condition drew severe criticism, sparking concerns about the seriousness of his illness and the lack of standard protocol.

The delayed notifications and absence of detailed explanations regarding Austin’s medical needs contrasted with normal procedure, given the nation’s ongoing security challenges.

Austin’s Admission of Responsibility and Current Status

In a statement issued after the revelation, Austin took responsibility for the delayed notifications and admitted the need for better public disclosure.

Despite stating his recovery and intention to return to Pentagon duties soon, the nature of his illness and the duration of his stay at Walter Reed Medical Center remain undisclosed.

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