US President Donald Trump announced Friday that Representative John Ratcliffe will not be nominated for a position of National Intelligence Director, reported CNN Saturday.
President Trump announced this week that the acting director Dan Coats was stepping down and that he would nominate Ratcliffe, whose experience in the field does not seem to be sufficient. However, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Trump “was surprised when Ratcliffe started facing issues from senators.” “The intelligence community was truly up in arms and very worried,” the source said.
Rep. Ratcliffe later posted on his Twitter that he was “withdrawing from consideration.”
“While I am and will remain very grateful to the President for his intention to nominate me as Director of National Intelligence, I am withdrawing from consideration. I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve,” the post read.
“However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue. The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue. Accordingly, I have asked the President to nominate someone other than me for this position,” he added.
President Trump blamed media for Ratcliffe’s withdrawal and said that his nominee was “treated very unfairly.”
“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump wrote. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”
White House has reportedly asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to provide a list of its employees to find a suitable replacement. One White House official said that Trump was also considering to nominate the US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra.
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