Gibbs, a close advisor to President Obama, said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that Hagel’s performance was “disconcerting.”

“The disconcerting thing for anybody that watched it is he seemed unimpressive and unprepared on the questions that quite frankly he knew was coming,” Gibbs said.

Even as he criticized Hagel’s performance, however, Gibbs said pointed questions asked by GOP senators, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) like were “totally superfluous.”