Shocking reports suggest President Joe Biden was clueless about the health status of his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

According to a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Lloyd Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Jan. 1 for complications arising from a recent elective medical procedure.

“On the evening of January 1, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for complications following a recent elective medical procedure,” Ryder said in the statement. “He is recovering well and is expecting to resume his full duties today. At all times, the Deputy Secretary of Defense was prepared to act for and exercise the powers of the Secretary, if required.”

Ryder made Austin’s health status public on Jan. 5, four days after the high-ranking Biden official was admitted.

According to The New York Post, President Biden was as clueless as the rest of the world about Austin’s hospital stay. The president, along with several high-ranking members of his administration, including key White House National Security Council (NSC) officials, were not aware of the hospitalization until Thursday. Officials from the Department of Defense and Legislators were not informed of Austin’s hospitalization until Friday.

According to the Daily Caller, Congressional lawmakers were only informed of Austin’s 15 minutes before they made the news public. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, didn’t know about Austin’s hospitalization until Thursday.

Two officials who spoke with Politico maintained that there was no way Biden could have known of Austin’s condition if Sullivan didn’t know.

“If Jake (Sullivan) didn’t know, no way the president knew,” one of them said. “Who would have told him of Austin’s condition if not Jake? And if someone did tell the president, Jake would’ve been his first call.”

Arnold Punaro, a retired Marine Corps major general and former staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the decision to hide Austin’s hospitalization was “out of character.

“It is so out of character for DOD and clearly was made after a deliberate discussion of how this information should be handled,” said Punaro.