Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, leaving unclear who will lead the Pentagon over the final two years of the Obama administration.

Hagel submitted his letter of resignation to President Obama on Monday morning but vowed to stay in the job until the Senate confirms his replacement, an official said. It was not immediately known who the nominee would be.

Obama and Hagel made the “mutual decision” that now was the time for this to happen, an official said.

Obama thanked Hagel for his service in a ceremony at the White House on Monday morning.

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