President Barack Obama announced at the White House Monday that United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his post. Hagel will be staying on in his role until a successor is named and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Hagel’s impending departure was first reported by The New York Times, who noted in their lead that he is stepping down “under pressure” after discussing his future with President Obama for the past two weeks; and the two “mutually agreed” that it was time for the former Nebraska Senate Republican to leave. Hagel aides say the Defense Secretary was expected to serve a full year term.
— World News (@News_National) November 24, 2014
CBS reports Hagel was “fed up with micromanagement from the White House” http://t.co/iP59wjB8NQ
— National Journal (@nationaljournal) November 24, 2014
One senior defense official told NBC News that Hagel “wasn’t up to the job,” as he was initially brought into the role to oversee the drawdown in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but circumstances shifted as the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) was mounting.
Hagel also wanted to strengthen the Obama administration’s policy against ISIS, who said they are an “imminent threat to every interest we have” and “this is beyond anything we’ve ever seen.” White House officials told The New York Times thatthose comments were “unhelpful.” And as the The Daily Caller points out, Hagel slammed the Obama administration’s Syria policy in a leaked memo asserting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “indirectly benefiting” from U.S. policy against ISIS.
Hagel’s big mistake, according to NYT: he told the truth about ISIS.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 24, 2014
At the White House Monday, Obama described Hagel as an “exemplary Defense Secretary” who served with “class and integrity.” In turn, Hagel said about serving in the role: “It’s been the greatest privilege of my life.”
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This is how some people have reacted to this breaking news story:
Obama to #Hagel: You said you’d always give me honest advice & you have. So I fired you.
— Legal Immigrant (@votermom) November 24, 2014
— Jim Nelli (@JimNelli) November 24, 2014
“Resigned” is how all three of them look: Hagel, Obama, Biden.
— Dave Boyer (@DaveBoyer) November 24, 2014
Chuck Hagel looks like he might cry. Hasn’t cracked a single smile. Poor guy.
— Ashley Inman (@ashleyemilia) November 24, 2014
H/T IJ Review
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