Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (R-Maine), one of the authors of the law that created the position of director of national intelligence (DNI) in 2004, said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE’s pick to serve temporarily in the post, Richard Grenell, doesn’t have the necessary experience for the job.
Collins, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she would have preferred that Trump had appointed Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireJudge dismisses Nunes's defamation suit against Washington Post Retired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid says he voted for Biden Congressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts MORE, who until Friday had served as acting DNI, for the nation’s top intelligence post.
“I would have much preferred that the president nominate the acting director Maguire for the post,” Collins, who is up for reelection this year, said.
“As one of the four authors of the law that created the DNI back in 2004, I care deeply about that position and believe the person needs experience in the intelligence community, which regrettably Ambassador Grenell does not have,” Collins added.
Grenell, who until last week served as U.S. ambassador to Germany, does not have the same experience working with the intelligence community as some of his predecessors.
Maguire, who resigned on Friday, is a former Navy SEAL and a retired three-star admiral who led the Naval Special Warfare Command, a role that put him in charge of targeting and eliminating national security threats.
CNN reported last week that Trump became irate with Maguire after he allowed lawmakers to be briefed on the intelligence community’s belief that Russia is attempting to interfere in the 2020 election to help Trump win a second term.
Grenell is a staunch Trump supporter who sparked controversy during his time as the senior American diplomat in Germany. He criticized Germany’s immigration and refugee policies and proclaimed that he wanted to empower conservative politicians throughout Europe.
One of his first moves as acting DNI was to hire Kashyap Patel, a former senior aide to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money — Build Back Better takes a 'Byrd Bath' Nunes to resign from Congress, become CEO of Trump media firm Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy MORE (R-Calif.), for a senior position. CBS News reported that Patel’s job will be to purge intelligence officials seen as insufficiently loyal to Trump.