January 22nd, 2009
02:20 PM ET
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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates informed the press he will be having surgery on Friday because of “tractor-related” accident.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates informed the press he will be having surgery on Friday because of “tractor-related” accident.

(CNN) – In a somewhat sheepish statement at the open of his first press conference as Secretary of Defense for President Obama, Secretary Robert Gates informed the press he will be having surgery on Friday because of “tractor-related” accident.

Gates tore his bicep tendon while trying to attach his snow plow blade to his tractor.

Since he will be having surgery, and because the nominated deputy William Lynn has not been confirmed, outgoing Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will be the acting Defense Secretary on Friday while Gates has surgery.

Earlier in his tenure, Gates wore a sling for some time after hurting his arm slipping on ice.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. BB

    Hope the surgery goes well for him.

    January 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. jeff frm jersey

    NO PURPLE HEARTS FOR THAT.

    January 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. bsmith171

    bobby gates in a draft dodger like cheney and biden.

    January 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. EBC

    Is it me or does the Secretary of Defense appear to be mighty clumpsy-proned Better not put any heavy weapons within a 100 feet of this guy!

    January 22, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |