Obama defends choice of Republican for defence secretary

President Barack Obama has defended his decision to nominate a Republican former Senator, Chuck Hagel, for his next defence secretary.


President Obama: "When it comes to the defense of our country, we’re not Democrats or Republicans. We’re Americans."


"Chuck Hagel is the leader our troops deserve." —President Obama


Obama defends defence choice

Barack Obama has defended his controversial selection of former Republican senator Chuck Hagel as his US defence secretary.