Rumsfeld resigns; Bush taps former CIA Director - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Rumsfeld resigns; Bush taps former CIA Director

Posted: Updated:

WHITE HOUSE -  President Bush is confirming that Donald Rumsfeld is out as defense secretary. At a White House news conference, Bush also said former C-I-A chief Robert Gates is his pick as Rumsfeld's replacement.

Bush says he had what he calls a series of "thoughtful conversations" with Rumsfeld and that both agree the "timing is right" for a change at the Pentagon. The move comes a day after the Democratic gains in the election, in which Rumsfeld was a focus of much of the criticism of the Iraq war. Bush is praising Rumsfeld's six years there, calling him a "patriot" who served with "honor and distinction."

Right before election day, Bush said he wanted Rumsfeld to stay for the remainder of his term. Bush says today he told that to reporters because he didn't want to inject a major military decision into the final days of the campaign. But it's clear Bush was thinking about a change before Americans went to the polls.

Bush says he and Gates talked at his Texas ranch on Sunday. Rumsfeld has been defense secretary since Bush took office. Gates is currently president of Texas A-and-M University.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • See a movie in a theater every day for a year for only $90? Costco offering bundle with MoviePass and Fandor

    See a movie in a theater every day for a year for only $90? Costco offering bundle with MoviePass and Fandor

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-12-13 22:35:41 GMT

    KHQ.COM - If you're into watching movies in theaters AND at home, Costco has a deal for you! The wholesaler is offering an evoucher that bundles a full year of access to MoviePass and Fandor for only $89.99.  MoviePass, which gives free movie tickets, usually costs $120 a year alone. Twelve months of Fandor, a movie streaming service, is $60. 

    >>

    KHQ.COM - If you're into watching movies in theaters AND at home, Costco has a deal for you! The wholesaler is offering an evoucher that bundles a full year of access to MoviePass and Fandor for only $89.99.  MoviePass, which gives free movie tickets, usually costs $120 a year alone. Twelve months of Fandor, a movie streaming service, is $60. 

    >>
  • Law enforcement arrests 20 people in multi-state meth ring

    Law enforcement arrests 20 people in multi-state meth ring

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:46 PM EST2017-12-14 01:46:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - According to the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington, federal, state and local law enforcement conducted a large scale take-down targeting a criminal conspiracy distributing methamphetamine in Washington, Idaho and Montana on Wednesday. Hundreds of law enforcement officials including federal agents and state and local officers executed federal search warrants in Spokane, Moses Lake, Mattawa and in North Idaho.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - According to the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington, federal, state and local law enforcement conducted a large scale take-down targeting a criminal conspiracy distributing methamphetamine in Washington, Idaho and Montana on Wednesday. Hundreds of law enforcement officials including federal agents and state and local officers executed federal search warrants in Spokane, Moses Lake, Mattawa and in North Idaho.

    >>
  • Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein forced her into sex scene in 'Frida'

    Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein forced her into sex scene in 'Frida'

    Thursday, December 14 2017 7:32 AM EST2017-12-14 12:32:56 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - In an op-ed, Salma Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein's advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida."   The New York Times on Wednesday published Hayek's account in which she writes that Weinstein was for years "my monster." The actress said that Weinstein would turn up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location."

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - In an op-ed, Salma Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein's advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida."   The New York Times on Wednesday published Hayek's account in which she writes that Weinstein was for years "my monster." The actress said that Weinstein would turn up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location."

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/