President Donald Trump on Thursday introduced the resignation of Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon and named the brand new appearing Director of National Intelligence.
“Sue Gordon is a great professional with a long and distinguished career,” the president tweeted. “I have gotten to know Sue over the past 2 years and have developed great respect for her. Sue has announced she will be leaving on August 15, which coincides with the retirement of Dan Coats. A new Acting Director of National Intelligence will be named shortly.”
Before her resignation, Gordon was anticipated to exchange Coats, the director of National Intelligence, because the appearing director till Congress confirmed a everlasting substitute. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who was Trump’s choose to exchange Coats, pulled his identify from consideration final week after his credentials have been referred to as into query by Democrats.
Trump introduced Coats’ resignation efficient August 15 late final month.
Later on Thursday night, Trump named Joseph Maguire, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the brand new Acting Director of National Intelligence, efficient August 15.
“Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010,” the president tweeted. “He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. I have no doubt he will do a great job!”
According to Bloomberg, Trump allies outdoors the White House had beforehand warned him that Gordon was too near former CIA Director John Brennan and suggested the president to fireplace her.
After House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff provided some variety phrases about Gordon final month, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, speculated on her relationship with Brennan. “If Adam Schiff wants her in there, the rumors about her being besties with Brennan and the rest of the clown cadre must be 100% true,” he tweeted.
Last Friday, Trump reportedly stated that he appreciated Gordon and had been contemplating appointing her appearing director.