Not even two years into the job and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down according to the Washington Post.
Citing an anonymous defense source, the paper reports that Hagel will stay on until a new secretary is selected and approved by congress.
Rumors had intensified this month that Hagel’s time was short, though the former Republican senator from Nebraska has insisted in recent interviews that he was planning to stay at the Pentagon. The resignation was first reported by The New York Times.
A senior administration official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Obama initiated discussions with Hagel about leaving in October — shortly before the mid-term congressional elections that saw the president’s party take a beating.
The report further speculates that Hagel’s resignation could be just the first in a series of shake-ups among President Obama’s national security advisers.