According to a new report from the NY Times, President Trump has tapped “loyalist” Richard Grenell as acting head of intelligence.
The NY Times writes “The move would place a Trump loyalist atop the intelligence agencies long viewed skeptically by the White House.”
President Trump was expected to name Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Mr. Grenell, whose outspokenness throughout his career as a political operative and then as ambassador has prompted criticism, is a vocal Trump loyalist who will lead a group of national security agencies often viewed skeptically by the White House.
He would take over from Joseph Maguire, who has served as the acting director of national intelligence since the resignation last summer of Dan Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana. Mr. Grenell, who has pushed to advance gay rights in his current post, would apparently also be the first openly gay cabinet member.
Trump allies cheered the appointment on social media..
An amazing choice!!! @realDonaldTrump deserves someone he can trust and someone who knows how to get things done in this position.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 19, 2020
A great Patrot, exceptional Ambassador, and amazing selection to be the US’ next Acting Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador @RichardGrenell! Congratulations!!
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 19, 2020
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 19, 2020
Great pick. As U.S. ambassador to the country with the largest economy in the EU, Grenell has a ton of successful experience coordinating intel and national security policy. https://t.co/g4FeREjGMB
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 19, 2020