Sue Gordon Resignation Shows Trump Wants 'Personal Loyalty — Ex-CIA Boss

Sue Gordon Resignation Shows Trump Wants 'Personal Loyalty — Ex-CIA Boss”

US President Donald Trump has announced that Joseph Maguire, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center, was his new pick to be the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

Mr Trump tweeted: "Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010".

The current director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, announced last month he would retire in mid-August, after repeatedly clashing with the president over Robert Mueller's investigation and Trump's frequent attacks on intelligence agencies.

While Trump praised Gordon in public, there was no shot she was going to replace Coats. You should have your team.

In a handwritten note to the president, Gordon made it clear she did not wish to leave her post.

Maguire has had a "long and distinguished" career in the military, Trump said in a pair of tweets late Thursday.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Gordon has announced that she will be leaving her position on August 15.

But Mr Ratcliffe removed himself from consideration after just five days amid criticism about his lack of intelligence experience and qualifications for the job.

But Trump's plan to nominate Ratcliffe ran into a bipartisan wall of opposition from lawmakers who questioned his expertise.

Gordon had been floated as possibility to replace Coats.

"I am confidence in what the Intelligence Community has accomplished, and what it is poised to do going forward". "I have seen it in action first-hand for more than 30 years", her resignation letter said. Know that our people are our strength and they will never fail you or the Nation. He also said that the White House vetting process is "very good" and told the press: "You vet for me".

Trump announced Coats' resignation July 28, and Gordon's earlier Thursday.

Richard Burr (R-NC), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressed dismay at Gordon's departure. She has been a stalwart partner to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I will miss her candor and deep knowledge of the issues.

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The individual was not authorized to publicly discuss the decision and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Gordon's departure is the latest instance of tumult in the Intelligence Community, and it's generating significant concern among national security officials. "He's the kind of guy that all the troops want to have as boss and would follow him anywhere", McConnell said. "This is no different". Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

"The mission of the intelligence community is to speak truth to power", Warner said.

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, CIA Chief Operating Officer Brian Bulatao and Susan Pompeo, wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, attend Central Intelligence Agency acting Director Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing to become the next CIA director.

Despite her resignation, Gordon still retains strong support in the Senate. The next leaders of the intelligence community will deal with a particularly thorny and risky set of challenges, as Trump has escalated tensions with Iran, his trade war with China intensifies, he is considering a third summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who continues to test missiles, and the US-backed movement to oust Venezuela's leaders is faltering.

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