WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said late Tuesday that he was interested in hearing directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story that has enraged White House officials and threatened to undermine the administration.
Obama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment."
In his first comments on the matter, Obama said Tuesday that he would meet with McChrystal at the White House on Wednesday. He said Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be meeting with the commander.
"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor — showed poor judgment," the president said, surrounded by members of his Cabinet at the close of their meeting. "But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."