Trump expected to name Richard Grenell as acting head of intelligence

Trump expected to name Richard Grenell as acting head of intelligence

By making Richard Grenell acting director of national intelligence (DNI), rather than nominating him for the permanent position, Trump would sidestep the need for Senate confirmation, a loophole the president has increasingly exploited as he has moved to replace career officials with those chosen for their personal loyalty.

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 on Twitter on February 19 about one of his strongest supporters. The position oversees the Intelligence Community, consisting of 17 agencies responsible for investigating threats against the United States. In September, he told the committee that he believed the Ukraine whistleblower "did the right thing" and that the intelligence community's inspector general - whose report helped trigger Trump's impeachment - acted in good faith. Democrats denounced the shake-up at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and accused Trump of pushing out two dedicated intelligence professionals. Maguire assumed the post after retiring from the Navy.

The current acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, is a retired vice-admiral and former head of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Donald Trump is planning to appoint the U.S. ambassador to Germany, a combative loyalist, to his administration's most senior intelligence post, in his continuing effort to wield personal control over the spy agencies, according to multiple USA reports.

Grenell, who served as the US spokesman at the United Nations during the administration of President George W. Bush, has been known as a controversial figure.

Timo Werner comments on reports linking him with Liverpool
We are really in trouble. "We have to do the same as today, we've had a start in the first half and we will go on". So, we did what we could do, and I think if we scored before them the game would be different.

"And at a time when the integrity and independence of the Department of Justice has been called into grave question, now more than ever our country needs a Senate-confirmed intelligence director who will provide the best intelligence and analysis, regardless of whether or not it's expedient for the president who has appointed him", he said. Another source states that some Republicans are dissatisfied with his ambassador's work so "there is no way to confirm it" in the Senate. "The intelligence community deserves stability and an experienced individual to lead them in a time of massive national and global security challenges", he added.

But others praised the announcement, including Sen. Trump said on Twitter.

Trump named Maguire to the position on August 8, 2019.

Trump named Maguire to the position after Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe removed himself from consideration after just five days amid criticism about his lack of intelligence experience and qualifications for the job.

Trump's move follows his former national security adviser John Bolton's abruptly departure previous year amid disagreements with the Republican president over a number of foreign policy issues involving North Korea, Iran and other hot spots.

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