President Obama today rounded out his second-term national security team, nominating former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Department of Defense and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA.
Obama heralded the credentials of both candidates during an East Room press conference, flanked by both men and their predecessors, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and acting CIA chief Mike Morell.
“Chuck Hagel is the leader that our troops deserve,” Obama said. “He is an American patriot.”
Turning to Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, Obama said he was one of the “most skilled and respected” members of his national security team, contributing “strong analytic insights” and “invaluable perspective.”
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