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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 CollinsAndrew Clyde wins Georgia GOP runoff to replace Doug Collins New poll shows tight presidential race in Georgia Matt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book 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 GrenellReport: Trump ambassador pick warned Germany against benefits for 'unwanted Muslim invaders' Trump taps retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as next ambassador to Germany Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, cancels trip to US MORE, one of his staunchest defenders, would serve as his top intelligence chief in an acting capacity. Grenell took over for Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireCongressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones Hillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal 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 CoatsTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet America's divide widens: Ignore it no longer Trump gives Grenell his Cabinet chair after he steps down 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 RatcliffePat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe Hillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review 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.