Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position as soon as the Senate confirms a successor.
Hagel, who has served as Defense secretary since February 2013, was forced out by President Barack Obama, CNN confirmed from several sources.
During his remarks from the White House, Obama, however, praised Hagel as an “exemplary” Defense secretary, calling him critical to a number of national security accomplishments during his tenure, and characterized Hagel’s resignation as his own choice. FULL ARTICLE
Julia Pierson, the director of the U.S. Secret Service, has resigned, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
The resignation comes after security breaches involving the White House and President Barack Obama.