Hagel has been dodging questions about whether he would step down
From CNN's Alexandra Jaffe - Hagel has been rumored to be on his way out for weeks, and as recently as last week dodged questions about his continued tenure at the Pentagon.
“First of all, I serve at the pleasure of the President,” Hagel told PBS on Oct. 18th, asked whether he’d continue in the position. “I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity I’ve had the last two years to work every day for the country and for the men and women who serve this country. I don’t get up in the morning and worry about my job. It’s not unusual by the way, to change teams at different times.”
Pressed on whether he felt he still had Obama’s confidence, Hagel said, “Well, I don’t think I would be here if I didn’t. But you’d have to ask him that. I mean I see him all the time.”