Trump appointed Acting Director of Intelligence Gordon to resign abruptly

 Trump appointed Acting Director of Intelligence Gordon to resign abruptly

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that Joseph Maguire, the current director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, will serve as acting director of national intelligence.

Earlier in the day, Hugh Gordon, deputy director of national intelligence, resigned abruptly.

[Appointment of Acting Director

Trump tweeted in the social media that Maguire would take office on August 15, when Dan Cotts, the current director of national intelligence, would leave.

Maguire retired from the U.S. Navy in 2010 and ended his 36-year military career as commander of the Navys Special Operations Command. In December 2018, he served as director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center. Trump praised the Maguire Army for its excellence.

The United States was attacked by terrorism on September 11, 2001, killing about 3,000 people. The Federal Government subsequently established the post of Director of National Intelligence to coordinate 17 intelligence departments, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

Under U.S. law, Trump should appoint a senior official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as acting director. The National Counter-Terrorism Centre is part of the Office of the Director of Intelligence.

Richard Burr, the Republican and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement in which he believed that Maguire was capable of playing this key role.

Trump previously nominated Republican Congressman John Ratcliff to succeed Cotts as National Intelligence Director. The latter was identified as inexperienced and possibly qualified, and Trump dropped the nomination a few days later.

[Vice-Director resigns

Earlier on the 8th, Gordon, the No. 2 figure in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and deputy director, resigned, described by the media as sudden.

The reason for Gordons resignation is not clear. In a note to Trumps resignation letter, she said: I am writing this letter out of respect and patriotism... You should have your own team.

Gordon, as a career intelligence officer, is highly qualified and widely supported by his colleagues, Reuters reported.

In a statement, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Berl said Gordons departure was a major loss for the U.S. intelligence community. The deputy chairman of the committee, Democrat Mark Warner, also issued a statement, saying it was a big loss for the intelligence community.

Trump has tense relations with current National Intelligence Director Kotz, and has disagreements over the assessment of intelligence services involving major Russian, Iranian and Korean firms. Trump argues that intelligence analysis is inconsistent with his own assessment.

Trump doesnt seem to listen to facts that contradict his own views, Warner said.

Reuters reported that Republican congressmen Mike McCall and Devon Nuss and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Huxtra may be nominated for the National Intelligence Director.

McCorl is the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee; Nuss is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Huxtra was a nine-term member of the House of Representatives, serving on the House Intelligence Committee for more than six years.

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