WASHINGTON — The US State Department announced Saturday that Richard Holbrooke, the president's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition at a Washington hospital after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the surgery at George Washington University Hospital was completed Saturday morning on the 69-year-old Holbrooke and that his family was with him.
A department official said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the hospital on Friday night and again Saturday.
Holbrooke was named to his post by President Barack Obama early in his administration.