Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe For Intelligence Chief Months After Withdrawing His Name

Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe For Intelligence Chief Months After Withdrawing His Name

President Donald Trump chosen Rep. John Ratcliffe( R-Texas) as the director of national intelligence– once again– months after first nominating him to the function and then withdrawing his election.

In a tweet Friday, Trump announced his nomination of the Texas congressman to be director of nationwide intelligence, saying the White Home “would have finished process previously, however John wanted to wait” till after the inspector general’s report was completed.

In August, Trump had actually withdrawn Ratcliffe as his pick for director of national intelligence to change Dan Coats The Texas congressman, a fierce defender of Trump, had dealt with criticism from legislators for his lack of experience in nationwide security

The president tweeted at the time that he had encouraged Ratcliffe to withdraw in order to avoid “months of slander and libel,” including that Ratcliffe had actually been “treated really unjustly by the LameStream Media.”

When Trump initially nominated Ratcliffe in July, The Washington Post reported that existing and previous intelligence authorities deemed Ratcliffe “the least-qualified individual ever chosen.

Among legislators, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called Ratcliffe in a July news release “the most partisan and least qualified specific ever nominated to act as Director of National Intelligence.”

” The sum overall of his credentials appears to be his record of promoting Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the examination into Russian disturbance and calling for prosecution of Trump’s political enemies,” Wyden said.

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