nearvideo trump picks Ratcliffe as a Director of National Intelligence
Ratcliffe called DNI; Chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
President Trump on Friday, he said, is the nomination of Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), months after the Republican Congressman moved abruptly in his name for the post.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI),” the President tweeted. “Would have completed the process earlier, but John wanted to wait until after the IG report was finished. John is an outstanding man of great talent!”
Ratcliffe, a former Federal Prosecutor, had been vehemently for Trump and his agenda, one of the fiercest critics of the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference in the election of 2016.
Ratcliffe will probably battle face a tough confirmation, as Democrats, he argued, was chosen because of his loyalty rather than experience.
“With this nomination, President Trump has once again shown his lack of respect for the rule of law and the intelligence services. The Republicans have to Democrats in the quick rejection of the nomination of Mr. Ratcliffe,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate democratic leader. He called Ratcliffe a “highly partisan operative.”
In August, Trump announced that Ratcliffe would stand out, as its candidate for the Director of national intelligence, only a few days after the announcement of him as his pick, cited for his hard treatment by the Hand of the “LameStream Media”.
In a tweet at the time, Trump said, to replace Ratcliffe, he tapped Dan Coats, remain in the Congress. But on Friday, he announced-once again-to nominate Ratcliffe.
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Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador in Germany, was appointed last week by trump to serve as acting DNI, while Trump is the acquisition of job would nominate as whom he permanently more. Grenell is an outspoken Trump loyalists, with a large conservative on Twitter and also to serve as the first openly gay person to a Cabinet-level position.
“Congratulations, @RepRatcliffe!” Grenell tweeted. “We are ready for you, and to serve and grateful for your willingness.”
At the end of last week, it was reported that Trump was in the face of Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., for the permanent Director of National Intelligence job, but Collins Fox Business Network told Maria Bartiromo that while he was embarrassed by the offer, he focuses on running for the Senate and would accept the job.
Fox News’ Andrew O ‘ Reilly and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.