White House Responds

A senior Bush Administration official tonight responded to my report that Michael Chertoff has "only a few days left" before leaving his post as Homeland Security secretary.

“The President offered strong words of support for Secretary Chertoff on Tuesday in an interview with Elizabeth Vargas,” the administration source said. “Secretary Chertoff is serving in one of the most difficult positions in government and he is doing an excellent job.”

Earlier today, I reported that a source acquainted with Chertoff said, under promise of anonymity, "They will give [Chertoff] a little time so it won’t hurt his reputation too much, but he’s probably got only a few days left."