Trump picks loyalist as acting director of national intelligence

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as he arrives at Munich International Airport, in Munich, Germany on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

President Trump named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence on Wednesday night. Grenell has little experience in intelligence, but is known as a Trump loyalist.

The appointment puts one of Trump’s most vocal defenders at the top of an intelligence community Trump has sometimes battled.

The director of national intelligence oversees the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies and advises the president and National Security Council.

Joseph Maguire, a retired admiral, is now serving as acting director of national intelligence, following last summer’s resignation of Dan Coats.

Grenell, who will be the first openly gay member of Trump’s Cabinet, is Senate-confirmed as an ambassador, so Trump can legally sidestep the Senate to keep Grenell in the role for 210 days.

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