“His predecessors have spoken about the excessive micro-management they faced from the White House and how that made it more difficult to do their jobs successfully,” McCain said of Hagel. “Chuck’s situation was no different.”
Schultz retweeted numerous messages from 2013, most published around the time of Hagel’s bruising confirmation process. A look at the deputy press secretary’s Twitter feed Monday morning:
“Over nearly two years, Chuck has been an exemplary defense secretary, providing a steady hand as we modernized our strategy and budget to meet long-term threats while still responding to immediate challenges like ISIL and Ebola,” said Obama, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “Thanks to Chuck, our military is on a firmer footing engaged in these missions and looking ahead to the future.”
Schultz, reached through email, declined to comment. A spokesperson for the National Security Council referred comment back to Schultz.
Matt Lehrich, a former White House spokesman, added the following:
The post was updated to reflect communication with Schultz.