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The Senate confirmed Representative from Texas John Ratcliffe as the new Director of Intelligence. The Senate approved Ratcliffe by a vote of 49-44 today.
It was not an easy road for Ratcliffe to become the Directory of National Intelligence. Trump announced Ratcliffe’s nomination last year after the previous DNI Dan Coates announced his resignation. He then withdrew the appointment because the Senate confirmation process became too difficult.
The Daily Caller quoted Trump as saying:
“I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people,” Trump said. “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 shortly.”
This seemed to work out better for both John Ratcliffe and President Trump as the Senate needed the votes to help clear Trump in his Senate impeachment trial.
Timing always matters, and now that Ratcliffe is confirmed, he can continue the work that Richard Grennell (acting DNI) started. The American people deserve to see justice in the General Flynn and Roger Stone case. We deserve to have our intelligence agencies working for the American people and not against us.
The United States Senate has confirmed John Ratcliffe as our new Director of National Intelligence. @ODNIgov
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) May 21, 2020
“Ratcliffe’s nomination had received harsh criticism from Senate Democrats, who accused the Trump administration of attempting to politicize the intelligence community,” Daily Caller added.
Liberals immediately responded to the news by expressing their disapproval:
Another corrupt Republican
— Bulldog55 (@v2drop) May 21, 2020
Despite him being unqualified, JUST LAST YEAR!
— DreamInsomniac (@dream_insomniac) May 21, 2020
Unemployment as high as the Great Depression.
Nearly 100K Americans dead from COVID-19.
And the Senate is voting on lifetime judges because Mitch McConnell hasn't “felt the urgency of acting immediately."
If you needed to reason to help us flip the Senate in 2020, this is it.
— CJ (@KidsNotMarkets) May 21, 2020
— Ronald A. Grump (@RonaldAGrump1) May 21, 2020
Good God! Oh well in six months he will be out.
— jo anne camarillo (@joannecamarill1) May 21, 2020
Things are getting worst
— George Jane (@GeorgeJane17) May 21, 2020
— Omar Samy (@McBromar) May 21, 2020
He had to withdraw his nomination last summer because he was unqualified. How low can the #GOP sink?
— Jumping Bean (@burpeesRfun) May 21, 2020
Not for long
— Mike (@modalitiesMike) May 21, 2020
Tell him not to unpack.
— AsISeeIt (@lgrandgenett) May 21, 2020