According to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reportedly stepping down “under pressure,” a decision expected to be announced by President Barack Obama Monday.
Sources told the Times that Hagel was not fired, but that he and Obama reached a “mutual decision” that the challenges of combatting ISIS and other foreign policy crises would “demand a different kind of focus.”
According to the Times, the move is expected by the administration to be viewed as an acknowledgement of criticisms of Obama’s second-term foreign policy struggles, and of the new GOP Senate majority.
Hagel took office in February of 2013, the only Republican on Obama’s cabinet, after an unusually controversial nomination process.
[h/t New York Times]
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