Richard Grenell, the new acting Director of National Intelligence became a gold member of the ‘’Trump Card’’ loyalty program.
Trump announced this on his Twitter account on Wednesday:
‘’I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him.’’
The Washington Post cited internal documents from the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. as they were the first to report Grenell’s new status in the Trump loyalty program.
Nicholas Rasmussen, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under the Trump and Obama administration was talking to the Post on the subject as he said:
‘’Nothing in Grenell’s background suggests that he has the skill set or the experience to be an effective leader of the intelligence community. His chief attribute seems to be that President Trump views him as unfailingly loyal, hardly sufficient to make someone qualified to perform the duties of the DNI.’’
According to Newsweek, it is unclear whether Trump intends to officially nominate Grenell to be the permanent director of the national intelligence. If so, that would require him to be formally confirmed by the Senate. While the legislative body is Republican-controlled, Grenell would likely face tough questions from Democratic lawmakers about his qualifications.
Former general counsel to the director of national intelligence Bob Litt was talking with CN on the subject as he said:
‘’Everybody came into the DNI job with a relevant understanding, of which this guy has none. This is a president who has loathed and feared the intelligence community since before he was inaugurated, and he views them as a deep state hostile to him seeking to undercut him, and he’ll seek to undercut them. Clearly the important thing here is the president feels Grenell will do his bidding.’’
Litt also called Trump’s decision ‘’extremely dangerous.’’