Pentagon Chief Gates Prepared To Stay But Will Obama Ask Him To?

12/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Nancy A. Youssef McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said not long ago that it was inconceivable that he'd remain at his post under a Democratic administration, is likely to remain for a time if President-elect Barack Obama asks him to, defense officials told McClatchy.

Gates and Obama have been communicating through surrogates, and many of Gates' aides expect Obama to ask him to stay. The aides asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly.

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