Bush told reporters that "after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon."
Bush said he had offered Rumsfeld's post to a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Robert Gates.
Asked whether there would be a new direction in Iraq, Bush replied, "Well, there's certainly going to be new leadership at the Pentagon."
(compiled from agency reports)
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