Chuck Hagel “resigned” on Monday as U.S. secretary of defense. President Obama had these comments from the State Dining Room:
“If there’s one thing I know about Chuck it is that he does not make this or any decision lightly,” he said. “This decision does not come easily to him.”
It does appear the decision came to him, rather than him coming to the decision. Fox News found a source to add it up for us:
“Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News.
This same official discounted Pentagon claims it was a mutual decision claiming President Obama has lost confidence in Hagel and that the White House had been planning to announce his exit for weeks.
“The president felt he had to fire someone. He fired the only Republican in his cabinet. Who is that going to piss off that he cares about?”