Chuck Hagel resigns; Obama praises him as 'exemplary defense secretary'

November 24, 2014 4:56 PM

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to complete his service."

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