Robert Gates’s new memoir, which is heavily critical of the president, is getting pushback from former Obama-administration officials. Bill Daley, who served as the president’s chief of staff from 2011 to 2012, called the former defense secretary’s criticism of the president and vice president “a disservice.”
“This rush to do books by people who leave an administration while the administration is ongoing I think is unfortunate,” he said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. He suggested that Gates was guilty of the same kind of “grandstanding” that he criticized in his book.
Another Obama ally also defended the president this morning, and questioned Gates’s decision to publish the book while President Obama is still in office: Former White House adviser Axelrod appeared on Today to refute some of Gates’ claims.