White House: We Oppose Any Effort to Strip ‘DADT’ from Defense Bill

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer released a statement Monday night presumably reacting to concerns over a report in the Wall Street Journal that Senate leaders were cutting a deal that would remove the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal amendment from the Defense Dept. Authorization Bill.

Pfeiffer (via Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner): Whitehouse

"The White House opposes any effort to strip 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' from the National Defense Authorization Act."

Geidner adds:

"On Monday, Fred Sainz, HRC's communications vice president, called the reports 'interesting background noise,' but added, 'At this point, this is nothing more than a rumor that has always been a possibility.'…(adding) 'As you would expect, Republicans like McCain are going to be shopping around any option that strips 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal from the underlying bill.'"