Former President Donald Trump slammed the Biden administration on Truth Social for its approach to handling conflicts on the world stage.
Trump stated, “So, let me get this straight. We’re dropping bombs all over the Middle East, AGAIN (where I defeated ISIS!), and our Secretary of Defence, who just went missing for five days, is running the war from his laptop in a hospital room. Remember, this is the same gang that ‘surrendered’ in Afghanistan, where no one was held accountable or FIRED. It was the most embarrassing ‘moment’ in the history of the United States. Now we have wars in Ukraine, Israel, and Yemen, but no ‘war’ on our Southern Border. Oh, that makes a lot of sense. Crooked Joe Biden is the worst President in the history of the United States!”
Trump’s comments come amid rising concerns over the lack of transparency from the Pentagon regarding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s condition and the delayed disclosure of his hospital stay to key government officials.
Austin’s hospitalization has raised bipartisan concern and calls for greater transparency. The Pentagon revealed on Jan. 5 that Austin had been hospitalized since Jan. 1 due to complications from elective surgery, a fact unknown to the highest levels of the White House and Pentagon officials until Jan. 4. [Source]
This lack of communication has prompted a group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Claudia Tenney, (R-NY), to seek answers.
In a letter obtained by Fox News Digital, House Republicans questioned the decision-making process and the protocol followed during Austin’s hospitalization, particularly regarding who was informed and when.
The letter reads, “First and foremost, we wish you a speedy recovery… However, we are gravely concerned about the lack of transparency from the Department of Defense (DOD) regarding your recent hospitalization, which included a four-day stint in the intensive care unit.”
Austin’s doctors announced on Tuesday that he had been treated for prostate cancer. This revelation was also a surprise to the White House, with National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stating, “Nobody at the White House knew that Secretary Austin had prostate cancer until this morning.”
The Armed Services Committee Chair Mike Rogers, (R-AL), also weighed in, criticizing the Department for the confusion and lack of clarity surrounding Austin’s condition and capacity to lead. “This level of confusion…has shaken what little confidence existed in any previous commitment to transparency,” Rogers stated in a letter.
As tensions escalate over the Pentagon’s handling of the situation, and with international conflicts continuing to unfold, the call for accountability and transparency within the Biden administration grows louder.