President Donald Trump on Friday said he is considering “four great candidates” for director of national intelligence following the dismissal of acting director Joseph Maguire.
“Four great candidates are under consideration at DNI,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “Decision within next few weeks!”
Former Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is currently serving as acting director of national intelligence following Maguire’s ousting.
Last July, Trump suggested he’d nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, but the congressman quickly withdrew his name from consideration after questions emerged about his résumé. Trump told reporters on Thursday that he was considering Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., but he told Fox Business that he would decline if offered the post.
“I know the problems of our intelligence community, but this is not a job that is of interest to me. At this time, it’s not one that I would accept,” Collins said.
"I'm running in the Senate race in Georgia," he added. "I'll continue to fight for this president. The intelligence community has to get right. I'm sure the president will pick somebody appropriate for the job."
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