When discussing his attempt to replace Coats with Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe on July 30, the President told reporters that intelligence community needed „somebody like that that’s strong and can really rein it in. As you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They’ve run amok.“
Ratcliffe werde von den Medien „sehr unfair“ behandelt, schrieb Trump auf Twitter. Ratcliffe habe sich dazu entschieden, im Kongress zu bleiben, statt in einem sich über Monate hinstreckenden Bestätigungsverfahren „Schmähungen und Verleumdungen“ ausgesetzt zu werden.
Mr Trump said he would soon announce another nominee to oversee America’s 17 civilian and military intelligence agencies.
President Trump on Friday abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official after questions by Republicans and Democrats about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé.