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Trump Announces Nomination of Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump late Friday announced Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

“I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI),” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Would have completed process earlier, but John wanted to wait until after IG [Inspector General] report was finished.”

“John is an outstanding man of great talent!” Trump added.

I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Would have completed process earlier, but John wanted to wait until after IG Report was finished. John is an outstanding man of great talent!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2020

The post of DNI, created after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies, including the CIA.

The announcement comes just 10 days after Trump said that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be the acting DNI to replace Joseph Macguire.

The Senate must confirm the nomination for the permanent DNI role. If confirmed, it would be the first time DNI role is filled since former DNI Dan Coats resignation took effect on Aug. 15, 2019.

Trump had earlier nominated Ratcliffe to the DNI role in July 2019, but Ratcliffe withdrew from consideration. Trump soon after named Maguire to the acting DNI position on Aug. 8, 2019.

Trump said the medias unfair treatment of Ratcliffe led to the withdrawal.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump said on TwitRead More – Source

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