John Ratcliffe won’t be Trump’s next national intelligence director


Just five days after he was tapped to lead the country’s intelligence agencies, John Ratcliffe is out.

The Texas Republican lawmaker on Friday withdrew from consideration to become the next national intelligence director after several days marked by a series of unflattering media stories, muted support from GOP senators and intelligence veterans expressing concerns about his thin resume and partisan attitude about government investigators.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump wrote online, adding that he would announce his new choice to oversee the government’s intelligence agencies “shortly.”

“Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people,” he continued. “John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country.”

The head-spinning turnaround is the latest example of a Trump administration pick going down after President Donald Trump moved to appoint a key official without first gathering the backing of senior lawmakers or conducting a thorough background examination. And it will almost certainly leave Trump with yet another acting Cabinet head once the current national intelligence director, Dan Coats, departs on Aug. 15 — a problem that has plagued the Trump administration.

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