Following the announcement that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was being treated for prostate cancer, Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R) issued the following statement. Wicker is the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I am glad Secretary Austin’s prognosis is good and he is expected to make a full recovery, but the underlying questions remain. The Secretary’s condition is severe. The failure to notify Congress of his inability to perform his duties was a clear violation of the law. It remains unclear who decided to ignore federal law but there must be accountability. An internal review – ordered by the same Chief of Staff who played a part in this crisis – is woefully inadequate,” Senator Wicker said.