Wind of Change at the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

(UPDATED VERSION)

On July 28, 2019, President Trump announced that he will replace current director of national intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats, with Texas Republican Representative, John Ratcliffe, effective on August 15, 2019.

During his two-year tenure, Coats several times appeared to be out of sync with the president, reflecting some broader disagreements between Trump and the government’s intelligence agencies. In January 2019, Trump exchanged some verbal blows with Coats and Gina Haspel, the CIA Director, after they testified about a threat-assessment report that called into question some of the president’s foreign policy judgments regarding Iran.

“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” tweeted the president.

Coats appears to be one of the last of the Republican establishment Mohicans appointed by the president in his first two years in office. As we all know, Trump disposed of most of them, one by one: Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff, in 2017), Jeff Sessions (Attorney General, in 2018), Nikki Haley (Ambassador to the United Nations, in 2018), and Kierstjen Nielsen (Secretary of Homeland Security, in 2019), to name just a few.

In order to accomplish his ambitious agenda, the president cannot afford the luxury of Republicans who are either too slow or too reluctant to implement his directives, let alone that the 2020 presidential elections are knocking on the door.

Ratcliffe is a loyalist and appears to fit the president’s policy for the intelligence community, especially due to the fact that Trump is surrounded by too many internal political enemies and many external challenges with actors like Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea.

During the Mueller Hearings, Ratcliffe created a good impression, being remarkably aggressive with the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the pack of House Democrats. “The special counsel’s job, nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him,” he told Mueller.

Ratcliffe then added: “So, Americans need to know this as they listen to the Democrats and socialists on the other side of the aisle as they do dramatic readings from this report that Volume II of this report was not authorized under the law to be written. It was written to a legal standard that does not exist at the Justice Department and it was written in violation of every DOJ principle about extra prosecutorial commentary. I agree with the chairman this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above the law. He’s not. But he damn sure shouldn’t be below the law, which is where Volume II of this report puts him.”

On August 2, 2019, a few days after the nomination, as a result of some concerns that the appointment risked politicizing intelligence work, Trump said in a tweet that he was withdrawing Ratcliffe’s name from nomination. The president blamed the media and the Democrats for having an unfair scrutiny of Ratcliffe, but he also had become concerned following feedback from some Republican senators.

On August 8, 2019, Trump announced that Joseph Maguire, who is the current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be named Acting director of National Intelligence, effective August 15, 2019.

The Director of National Intelligence serves as head of 17 United States government intelligence agencies that conduct intelligence activities to support the foreign policy and national security of the United States. He directs and oversees the National Intelligence Program and serves as an advisor to the president for intelligence matters related to national security.

What this means is that the Director will have management authority over issues extending from Iran to Obamagate (the Russian collusion hoax, that is). It will be extremely interesting to watch.

NOTE — Versions of the article were published in:

AMERICAN THINKER (El Cerrito/San Francisco, California) [100+ comments]

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CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW! (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas — Miami, Florida) [ comments]

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CONSERVATIVE READ (Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona) [ comments]

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INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE (Phoenix, Arizona) [4 comments]

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MARIANAS VARIETY (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [ comments]

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MEDIUM (San Francisco, California) [100+ views; 4 comments; 50+ likes]

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SAIPAN TRIBUNE (Garapan/Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [ comments]

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and featured in:

320ro.com (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) [ comments]

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and

ACCENT (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

AFRO-CONSCIOUS MEDIA (Canada; Long Beach, California) [ comments]

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and

ALTERNATIVA/THE ALTERNATIVE (Toronto, Canada) (_________ 2018) [in Romanian] [NOTE = scroll down on the journal’s home page to get the article and then press OPEN on the article]

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and

ARMONIA/THE HARMONY (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

and also

ARMONIA MAGAZINE/THE HARMONY MAGAZINE (Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

BLUNT FORCE TRUTH (Redford/Detroit, Michigan) [4 comments]

and

CARIBBEAN POST (Santiago, Dominican Republic) [ comments]

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and

CLICK ROMANIA (London, United Kingdom) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian] [ comments]

and

GÂNDACUL DE COLORADO/THE COLORADO BEETLE (Estes Park/Denver, Colorado) [in Romanian] [600+ views; 4 comments]

and

LUCIANNE.COM (Cliffside Park, New Jersey) [4 comments]

and

MENAFN (Amman, Jordan)

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and

MERIDIANUL ROMÂNESC/THE ROMANIAN MERIDIAN (Santa Clarita/Los Angeles, California) [in Romanian]

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and

MIORIŢA USA (Sacramento, California) [in Romanian]

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And

MORNING IN ARIZONA [ comments]

and

NAŢIUNEA/THE NATION (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [ comments]

and

NEW YORK MAGAZIN/NEW YORK MAGAZINE (New York City, New York) [in Romanian] [ comments]

and

OBSERVATORUL/THE OBSERVER (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian]

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and

OCCIDENTUL ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN WEST (Madrid, Spain)

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and

QWIKET (Kingston, New York) [ comments]

and

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) [in Romanian]

and also

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) (print edition, pp. and ) [in Romanian]

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and

SAVE AMERICA FOUNDATION (Clearwater, Florida)

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and

TIMP ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN TIME (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

TRIBUNA ROMÂNEASCĂ/ROMANIAN TRIBUNE (Chicago, Illinois) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

TRULY TIMES [1,300+ views, comments]

and

TRUMP’S MINUTEMEN (Fort Worth, Texas)

and referenced in:

CENTRUL DE PRESĂ — PRESSPEDIA/THE PRESS CENTER — PRESSPEDIA (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [+ views]

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and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT — FACEBOOK (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian]

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MUCK RACK (New York, New York)

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OBAMA LIES

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and

PRESS RUSH (Turku, Finland)

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RANTINGLY.COM

NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS = 21

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