Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step DownDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News.Flanked by Hagel and Vice President Biden, President Obama announced the Secretary’s departure this morning from the White House’s State Dining Room.“Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary Secretary of Defense: As the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that position, he understands our men and women like few others ,” the president said. “He’s been in the dirt and he’s been in the mud. And that’s established a special bond. He sees himself in them, and they see themselves in him. …

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