President Trump on late Wednesday said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be the acting director of national intelligence (DNI), replacing Joseph Maguire.
Trump in a tweet called Grenell “highly respected.”
“Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump wrote.
“I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!” he added.
The post of director of national intelligence, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies including the CIA.
Maguire has been acting national intelligence director since Aug. 16 2019.
In a statement, Maguire expressed his gratitude to Trump, calling the post “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Maguire said hed keep his position until Grenell assumes the role, adding that he looks forward “to the next challenge.”
It was unclear if Maguire would return to the National Counterterrorism Center, which he started leading in December 2019. The center is overseen by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Maguire assumed the post after retiring from the Navy. His 36-year career included leading the Naval Special Warfare Command.
Grenell has been the U.S. ambassador to Germany since 2018. Before that, he was the U.S. spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, including under then-Ambassador John Bolton.
Trump named Grenell acting national intelligence director, meaning he would not have to be confirmed by the Senate.
The presidents choice for the permanent job must be confirmed by the Senate.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticized the move. In a Twitter post, Warner wrote that he felt Trump “has selected an individual *without any intelligence experienceRead More – Source