How the media reacted to Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation

Some speculated on whether he was pushed out. Other reporters said Joe Biden's face tells the real story.

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday morning that he will resign as soon as a successor is confirmed. He has spent about 21 months in the cabinet role.

The president held a press conference Monday morning, flanked by Hagel and Vice President Joe Biden, to make the announcement. Obama often turned to speak directly to his outgoing defense secretary during the speech.

After the president spoke, Hagel took the podium to thank his colleagues and bosses and reinforce his commitment to the job until a successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Senior administration officials told The New York Times that the Republican Hagel wasn’t fired but decided over talks with the president that he should leave. Sources said Obama saw that "the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ," which was getting troops out of Afghanistan and managing the Pentagon’s budget.

Here’s how members of the media, reacted, speculated, and analyzed Biden’s facial expressions after news of Hagel’s resignation spread. The Hill carried a live stream of the announcement.

 

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