WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released this statement today following the President's announcement that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign:
"I am appreciative of Secretary Hagel’s service to our country and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. While a number of concerns led me to vote against his confirmation, his decision to resign lays firmly in the mess that is this administration’s national security policy.
We owe it to our servicemen and women to put the best person we can find in charge of the Department of Defense. President Obama needs to put forth a nominee with a clear understanding of national security challenges we face and a willingness to strongly advocate for the needs of our servicemen and women, even in the face of resistant administration officials. There are far too many threats—from ISIS, the nuclear ambitions of Iran, an emboldened Russia and more—to have a Secretary of Defense who is handcuffed by the administration’s shortcomings.”