Bush announces resignation of Rumsfeld

Published: Wednesday November 8, 2006

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United States President George W. Bush announced the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at a news conference this afteroon.

Bush announced that Rumsfeld had agreed with him that it was time for a change.

Former CIA Director Robert Gates has been named as Bush's intended replacement.

A senior administration official confirmed the news to CNN White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux fifteen minutes before the briefing started, and indicated that Rumsfeld had already written out his resignation.

Senior military officials were reportedly briefed on the president's decision to accept Rumsfeld's resignation just fifteen minutes before the press briefing was scheduled to start today.

"Why all the glum faces?" asked Bush at the start of the press conference, before expressing disappointment in his party's loss of the House and possible loss of the Senate.

The President promised a "new era of co-operation" with Democrats and claimed that a Democratic majority will not mean a hasty pull-out from Iraq. "To our enemies," he said, "do not be joyful."

When faced with a question about the discordant professional relationship he's had with Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be House Speaker, Bush acknowledged that, though the individual races were "close" the "cumulative effect" was a "thumping".

Bush also denied ever contending that terrorists and insurgents in Iraq would be "happy" about a Democratic victory in this election.