President Biden’s Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing symptoms associated with the virus.
The Hill reports:
“I tested positive this morning for COVID-19. I requested the test today after exhibiting symptoms while at home on leave,” Austin said in a statement.
He added that he was experiencing mild symptoms and planned to quarantine at home for five days.
“Stemming the spread of this virus, safeguarding our workforce and ensuring my own speedy and safe recovery remain my priorities,” his statement added. “To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making.”
The defense secretary noted that he would “retain all authorities” but that Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks would represent him “as appropriate in other matters.”
The Pentagon chief’s positive diagnosis comes after a fight with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt who was challenging the vaccine mandate for the National Guard.