WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his choice for the next U.S. spy chief as someone who could “rein in” intelligence agencies that “have run amok,” fueling concerns Trump seeks assessments that support his own views.
Trump’s choice of Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas as the next director of national intelligence, has been greeted with scant enthusiasm by his fellow Republicans and charges by former intelligence officials and Democrats that he is unqualified and will frame intelligence to suit the president.
Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee for six months, would replace Dan Coats, whose judgments on Iran, North Korea and Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections clashed with Trump’s views, earning the president’s disdain.
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Update #1: Trump says Ratcliffe will ‘rein in’ US intelligence agencies as spy chief (CNN)
Update #2: Trump hopeful nominee can ‘rein in’ intelligence agencies (The Hill)
WNU Editor: It looks like the U.S. intel community and their allies are not happy with this appointment …. John Ratcliffe is the ‘least-qualified person ever nominated’ for national intelligence director, officials say (The Week).