Obama in Talks With Gates Over Pentagon Role

November 19, 2008

robert-gates1.jpgPresident-elect Obama and Robert Gates are negotiating terms under which the defense secretary would remain as Pentagon chief in his administration, the Financial Times has learned. 

“Mr Obama, through an intermediary, has approached Mr Gates, who has served as defense secretary under President George W. Bush since 2006, about accepting the position, which would place a respected Republican appointee in his cabinet.”
“According to a source familiar with the situation, Mr Gates is seriously weighing the option. The two men are ironing out policy and personnel issues before a final offer could be made.”
Source: The Political Wire

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