On Thursday, the United States President Donald Trump has said that Joseph Maguire is the current chief of the National Counterterrorism Centre, will be appointed as the acting director of National Intelligence.
In a Twitter post, President Trump said that Mr. Maguire will take over the post on August 15, when Dan Coats, who is the present director of the agency overseeing military and civilian intelligence, stood down.
The US President tweets, “Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished career in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2010.”
Joseph Maguire has led the National Counterterrorism Centre since December.
On Thursday, another top official of the agency, Sue Gordon has also resigned. She wrote in a resignation letter to President Trump, reads: “Know that our people are our strength, and they will never fail you or the Nation. You are in good hands.”
Last week, the US President has dropped his first preference to replace Mr. Coats, United States Representative John Ratcliffe, after interrogating around the Republican Congressman’s lack of possible exaggerations and experience in his resume.
It wasn’t clear what has provoked the resignation of career intelligence official Gordon, who also had the support of current and former officials due to her deep experience.
Richard Burr, who is the Republican Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that “Sue Gordon’s retirement is a significant loss for our Intelligence Community.”
President Trump has maintained relationships with Coats, who has endorsed assessment of the United States Intelligence Community that interfered with by Russia in 2016 Presidential Elections with the aim to promote Donald Trump more than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
He has also objected to the United States Intelligence Community analysis of key issues – from North Korea to nuclear programme of Iran, which have clashed with his personal assessments.
Under the Law, President Trump need to name a new acting director from the senior staff of the agency, popular as the ODNI, which is also a party of the National Counterterrorism Centre. Therefore, the US President choice for the permanent job must be criticized by the Senate.
Among the potential candidates to appointed for the post of permanent director are Congressmen Devin Nunes, and Mike McCaul, and the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstar, reports the administration officials.