Today, President Obama named Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) as his nominee to be Secretary of the Army. Though neither Obama nor McHugh discussed the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said McHugh shares Obama’s commitment to repealing the ban, which isn’t “working for this country right now”:
It’s obvious from those statements and other statements that Congressman McHugh has made that he and the president are in agreement on changing the policy they both don’t think is working for this country right now. And it’s a priority of the president’s.
It’s not clear to which statements Gibbs is referring. McHugh has kept his personal views on the issue rather quiet, though he criticized the military and the Defense Department for refusing to testify on the issue. Watch it: