Report: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Has Been Asked to Resign

According to reports, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the only Republican on President Obama’s national security team, is being pressured to step down from the position. The announcement of his formal resignation is expected to be made later today. From The New York Times:

The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ.

The New York Times notes that the move is meant to show that administration officials are listening to criticics about their “stumbles” in “early response to several national security issues, including the Ebola crisis and the threat posed by the Islamic State.” Though Hagel and the President were both against war in Iraq, the two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye: During the early fight against ISIS, Hagel emphasized how dangerous the Islamic State is, just months after the President called them a J.V. squad. At this point, it’s not clear who will replace Hagel in the position …

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