Trump Announces New Acting Director of National Intelligence

President Trump announced over Twitter that current deputy director of national intelligence Sue Gordon has submitted her resignation and would be leaving the Trump administration.

“Sue Gordon is a great professional with a long and distinguished career,” Trump said on Thursday evening. “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.”

CNBC News, citing “a source with direct knowledge of the matter,” reports Gordon announced her retirement after it was learned that she was not being considered to lead the National Intelligence Agency.

“The source with direct knowledge told NBC News that Coats had recommended that Gordon replace him, but that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told him they had someone else in mind,” the CNBC report continued.

And:

When Coats told that to Gordon, she felt she had no choice but to hand in her resignation, the source said.


Her departure may raise the hackles of both Republican and Democratic senators, who supported her vigorously. The source said she recently had assured Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, that she would stay on and serve as acting DNI.

In a statement to NBC News, Warner praised Gordon’s tenure and called her departure “a great loss not only to the intelligence community, but to the country.” He also sharply criticized Trump.

President Trump returned to Twitter shortly after his initial announcement to reveal that the Honorable Joseph Maguire was chosen to serve as the Acting Director.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Honorable Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be named Acting Director of National Intelligence, effective August 15th,” the president said.

“Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010. 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!” Trump added.

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