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Trump names US envoy to Germany as acting director of national intelligence

  • Published at 12:18 pm February 20th, 2020
Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany
File photo: Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany, attends the "Rally for Equal Rights at the United Nations (Protesting Anti-Israeli Bias)"aside of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2019 Reuters

Grenell, who has a reputation for sometimes being abrasive, has been adamantly loyal to Trump at a time when the Republican president remains skeptical about the intelligence community

President Donald Trump on Wednesday named US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, a strong supporter of his policies, to be acting director of national intelligence.

“Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

He also thanked Joseph Maguire “for the wonderful job he has done” as acting director of national intelligence since August.

Grenell, who has a reputation for sometimes being abrasive, has been adamantly loyal to Trump at a time when the Republican president remains skeptical about the intelligence community.

Trump had a strained relationship with Dan Coats, who stepped down as director of national intelligence in August. Coats endorsed the US intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the objective of promoting Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Trump also has objected to US intelligence community analyses of major issues - from Iran’s nuclear program to North Korea - that have clashed with his own assessments.

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