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Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

Image Joseph Maguire Everything changes now: A man sent to Serbia heads US national intelligence services
Bennie Garza | 26 February, 2020, 16:14

"He is probably the most unqualified individual ever appointed to this position", Larry Pfeiffer, a former longtime intelligence agency official, told The Associated Press.

Joseph Maguire, a career intelligence officer, has been serving as performing intelligence chief since Coat's departure. Coats endorsed the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump.

In announcing Grenell's appointment, the White House pointed to his diplomatic background and work as a spokesman for the US mission to the United Nations.

He previously served as us spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, including under then-Ambassador John Bolton.

"At a certain point in the not too distant future, we'll be announcing who they are", Trump said.

But Grenell's selection follows the logic of a Trump White House that prizes loyalty and has a penchant for "acting" Cabinet secretaries who don't require a potentially bruising Senate confirmation.

A prominent Trump defender who previously served as a commentator for Fox News, Grenell was nominated by Trump and eventually confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador in 2018, which at the time made him the highest-ranking LGBTQ person within the Trump administration.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner, described Trump's manoeuvre as "an effort to sidestep the Senate's constitutional authority to advise and consent on such critical national security positions".

Named the 2019 businessperson of the year by Time, Iger's announcement also follows a year when Disney dominated 33 percent of all domestic box office grosses, marking "the first time since at least 1999 that a single studio has commanded this much box office revenue in the US and Canada", Variety reports.

But now the president will have a loyalist overseeing the nation's intelligence.

Asked by NCPR to clarify why she's supporting Grenell as interim Director of National Intelligence, Stefanik and her staff didn't respond.

The 2004 law establishing the position says the director "shall have extensive national security expertise".

Grenell on Twitter said he would not serve permanently and that Trump would "soon" select someone else as the nominee.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has formally resigned from U.S. government service, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. It was also the same day that deputy national intelligence director Sue Gordon walked out the door.

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