At a press conference this morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates praised Tom Donilon, whom President Obama will announce today is assuming the role of National Security Adviser as James Jones resigns.


"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Gen. Jones and I have, and have had, a very productive and very good working relationship with Tom Donilon, contrary to what you may have read and I look forward to working with him," Gates said.

It was a clear reference to the the reporting of Bob Woodward, who wrote in his recently published book "Obama's Wars" that Gates had predicted Donilon would be a "disaster" as National Security Adviser if he succeeded Jones in that role.

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