….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump on Friday abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official, following bipartisan questions about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé.
Mr. Ratcliffe, an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump, has come under intense scrutiny since the president declared Sunday on Twitter that the lawmaker was his pick to succeed Dan Coats, who is stepping down as director of national intelligence on Aug. 15. The selection generated scant enthusiasm among senators of both parties who would have decided whether to confirm him.
Mr. Trump’s announcement that Mr. Ratcliffe would not be his nominee after all, also made on Twitter, spoke bitterly of the attention that Mr. Ratcliffe’s overstated claims about his experience as a federal prosecutor quickly received from the news media.
The announcement was another reversal for the president and underscored the recurring dysfunction in the White House vetting process that has plagued the administration. Mr. Ratcliffe joined a long list of Trump appointees who have had to pull their names after the president announced his plans to put them in powerful posts without a full picture of potentially disqualifying details.
Mr. Trump’s long and growing list of reversals on nominations, according to people who have been involved in the vetting process, is the product of the president’s own desire to announce names before they have undergone even a preliminary vet by the office of presidential personnel. Adding to the mix is that Mr. Trump often is undeterred by information that would typically be seen as disqualifying, according to people who have spoken with him.
Donald Trump cares only about one quality and that is the nominee’s ability to kiss his ass while also subverting the agency they are in charge of to his will.
They can be a foreign spy, a wife beater, a criminal, a pedophile, and none of that makes a bit of difference.
All that matter is that they do what Trump tells them to do, when Trump tells them to do it.
So at least for now, America’s intelligence agencies are not completely under Trump’s control.
In order for them to stay that way the Senate needs to reject every nominee that Trump puts forward.