Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Just curious: is there anybody in this administration who isn't a "strong and capable leader"?

Q Are you saying after all of the intelligence failures of the past year that the President was still satisfied with him [Tenet], and that he didn't want him out?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President made it very clear in his remarks, if you look at what the President said, that the President believed he was a very strong and capable leader. And the President, as I said, has great appreciation for his service. So, yes, I reject that.


Q Where does the search stand? Will this go past the election, do you expect?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, you heard the President in his remarks. The President said that Deputy Director McLaughlin would serve in an acting capacity once Director Tenet leaves. He is certainly a strong and capable leader, himself, and the President has a lot of confidence in his abilities.


Q It's a difficult process. Do you expect it to extend pass the election?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not going to try to predict the timing on that. But as I said, there is certainly a strong and capable leader in Deputy Director McLaughlin, who will assume the responsibilities of the Director once he leaves on July 11th.

Scottie, you keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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