• John Ratcliffe May 19, 2020

    Panel Approves Ratcliffe for Spy Chief, Sends to Full Senate

    The Senate intelligence committee has approved the nomination of Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence, sending the nomination to the Senate floor for his likely confirmation

  • John Ratcliffe Feb 29, 2020

    Trump Taps John Ratcliffe as DNI for Second Time

    President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of national intelligence.

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Trump's Cabinet Has Had More Ex-Lobbyists Than Obama or Bush

    In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they’re regulating. The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump’s populist pledge to “drain the swamp” is a catchy campaign...

  • PRESIDENT Aug 9, 2019

    Trump Picks New Acting National Intelligence Director

    President Donald Trump on Thursday named Joseph Maguire, the nation’s top counterterrorism official, as acting national intelligence director, part of a leadership shake-up at the agency that oversees 17 U.S. spy agencies. Maguire will become acting director on Aug. 15, the same day that National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ resignation takes effect. It’s also the same day that deputy national...

  • PRESIDENT Aug 3, 2019

    Trump Pick for National Intelligence Director Is Withdrawing

    President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and qualifications. The move underscored the uncertainty over his confirmation prospects. Democrats openly dismissed the Republican congressman as an unqualified partisan and Republicans offered only lukewarm and tentative expressions of support. The...

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2019

    Doubts Emerge About Trump Pick for US Intelligence Chief

    President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts threats that include foreign election interference, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the risk of war with...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2019

    North Texas Congressman to Be Nominated for Director of National Intelligence: Trump

    A North Texas congressman will be nominated to replace the outgoing Director of National Intelligence, the president tweeted Sunday.

  • NBC Jul 19, 2019

    U.S. Spy Chief Creates a New Head of Election Security for Intelligence Agencies

    The nation’s top spy has created a new job to coordinate the U.S. response to election security threats, NBC News reports. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats announced Friday he has established the position of intelligence community election threats executive — and appointed a career official, Shelby Pierson, to serve in this new role. Pierson will serve as the agency’s...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2019

    Coats Out as National Intel Director, Clashed With Trump

    Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, will leave his job next month, President Trump announced Sunday, after a turbulent two years in which Coats and the president were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump announced Coats’ departure as Aug. 15 in a tweet that thanked Coats for his service. He said he will nominate Rep....

  • CONGRESS Jul 11, 2019

    Trump Officials Warn of ‘Active Threats' to US Elections

    The Trump administration warned of unspecified “active threats” to U.S. elections as top security officials briefed Congress Wednesday on steps the government has taken to improve election security in the wake of Russian interference in 2016. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray and other officials “made it clear there are active threats and they’re doing everything...

  • Donald Trump May 24, 2019

    Trump Grants AG Barr Power Over Classified Russia Probe Info

    President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation, a move aimed at accelerating Barr’s inquiry into whether U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump on Thursday directed the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Barr’s investigation of the...

  • Donald Trump Apr 21, 2019

    As Russia Probe Began, Trump Called on Spy Chiefs for Help

    Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that Trump’s 2016 White House campaign had ties to Russia were false and the president...

  • Donald Trump Mar 26, 2019

    Pence Talked Intel Chief Dan Coats Out of Quitting the Trump Administration: Sources

    The country’s intelligence chief was on the verge of resigning at the end of last year over his frustrations with President Donald Trump but was talked out of it by his closest ally in the administration, Vice President Mike Pence, current and former senior administration officials told NBC News. Among the many tensions the officials said have marred the relationship...

  • Donald Trump Feb 6, 2019

    Trump Says He Will Meet North Korean Leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace. But there is not...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    In Reversal, Trump Says He and Intel Chiefs on ‘Same Page'

    A day after he lashed out at U.S. intelligence agency chiefs over their assessments of global threats, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course Thursday and said that he and the intelligence community “are all on the same page.” Trump met with his director of national intelligence and other top security officials in the Oval Office and said afterward that they...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    Watchdog: Afghan Forces Still Shrinking, Security Gaps Growing

    As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. These trends reflect what U.S. military officials call a stalemated war, more than 17 years after U.S. forces invaded following the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 29, 2019

    Intel Chief Contradicts Trump Statements on North Korea, ISIS

    U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons because “its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival,” Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. That view contrasts with comments from President Donald Trump, who in June declared that North Korea was “no longer a...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2018

    Trump Defies Calls to Punish Crown Prince for Writer's Death

    President Donald Trump declared Tuesday he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing. The president condemned the brutal slaying of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as...

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2018

    Trump OKs Sanctions for Foreigners Who Meddle in Elections

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough....
    “We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it’s something he cares deeply about — that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional...

  • Donald Trump Aug 8, 2018

    Iran Could Answer US Sanctions With Cyberattacks: Experts

    The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased economic sanctions in exchange for...

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