The Pentagon and President Joe Biden’s administration took intense heat on Friday and Saturday from politicos and journos alike after a Friday news dump from DOD revealed that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had been hospitalized — on Monday. And the criticism mounted from the Pentagon Press Association and others after learning he’d been in intensive care for part of that stay, all without anything being said to the American people.

“We are writing to express our significant concerns about the Defense Department’s failure to notify the public and the media about Secretary Lloyd Austin’s current hospitalization,” said the Pentagon Press Association in a letter released publicly over the weekend about the administration hiding Austin’s hospitalization. “The fact that he has been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for four days and the Pentagon is only now alerting the public late on a Friday evening is an outrage.”

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