While former President Bill Clinton has made several major television appearances this week, he's kept mum on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” which formally ended on Tuesday.

Clinton campaigned on the promise that he would end the military's ban on gay troops. However, the president faced a solid wall of opposition from military leaders and Congress, forcing him to reconsider.

Instead, Clinton backed a compromise of sorts conceived as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, Don't Harass.”

Last year, he told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric that he only backed the law after it was clear Congress was headed in the opposite direction and that former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell convinced him to back the change.

“Now, when Colin Powell sold me on don't pass, don't tell, here's what he said it would be. Gay service members would never get in trouble for going to gay bars, marching in gay rights parades as long as they weren't in uniform. That was what they were promised,” Clinton said. “That's a very different 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' than we got.”

(Related: Colin Powell says it's time to review “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”)

Over the past 18 years, 14,346 gay and bisexual service members have been drummed out of the military for violating the policy, according to reports compiled by the Secretary of Defense's Defense Manpower Data Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard Bureau. (The figure includes members of the National Guard.)

Clinton made major television appearances to pitch his Clinton Global Initiative, which ended Thursday in New York, including stops last Sunday on ABC's This Week, NBC's Meet The Press, and CBS' Face the Nation.

Despite his high profile this week, Clinton, who has said he regretted “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” kept silent on the policy he negotiated into place and signed into law18 years ago.