Report: Chuck Hagel Clashed With Susan Rice Before He Was Fired

by Charlie Spiering

Nov 25, 2014 5:30 AM PT

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly had a disagreement with Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice before he was removed by President Obama this week. The New York Times reports Hagel had “a dispute” with Rice over Obama’s policy on Syria.

Hagel remained skeptical of the Obama administration’s actions in Syria. Last month, he sent a two page memo detailing his concerns about the policy. According to the Times, Hagel pointed out that Obama’s policy was “in danger of unraveling“ because it didn’t clarify its position toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Other analysts confirmed the Times report.

“He had a crappy relationship with Susan Rice,” Steve Clemons, the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation tells NBC News.