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Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement. Hagel, speaking publicly for the first time about his Nov. 24 resignation, said he decided to step down after several conversations with the president led him to conclude that now was the best timing for a Pentagon leadership change. "This was a mutual decision based on the discussions that we had," he said, noting that no aides had been present during their talks. "I don't think there's ever one overriding or defining...

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