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Trump says he is considering four candidates for intelligence chief

Trump says he is considering four candidates for intelligence chief
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE says that he is considering four individuals to serve as his next director of national intelligence (DNI) and that a decision would be made “within the next few weeks.”

“Four great candidates are under consideration at DNI,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Decision within next few weeks!”

The president did not name any individuals under consideration. He had told reporters Thursday evening aboard Air Force One that he was considering Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMajority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Georgia secretary of state says wife has received threatening texts about recount MORE (R-Ga.) as a candidate, but the congressman, who is running for Senate in Georgia, told the Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria" on Friday that he was not interested and would not accept the position.

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Trump announced Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard GrenellRichard GrenellOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report MORE, one of his staunchest defenders, would serve as his top intelligence chief in an acting capacity. Grenell took over for Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireRetired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid says he voted for Biden Congressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE, who had served as acting director of national intelligence since last August.

Grenell is not among the candidates Trump is considering to fill the role permanently but is involved in the process of selecting the nominee.

The position has been without a Senate-confirmed occupant since Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsLobbying world President Trump: To know him is to 'No' him Avoiding the 1876 scenario in November MORE resigned from the role last summer after clashing with Trump on a number of fronts.

Trump initially said last July he planned to nominate Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeProfiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Haspel not in attendance at latest Trump intelligence briefing: reports MORE (R-Texas), a member of the House Intelligence Committee and one of the president’s allies in Congress, for the position after announcing Coats’s planned resignation. However, Ratcliffe withdrew from consideration days later amid scrutiny of his résumé and questions about whether he had exaggerated it.