President Donald Trump is revisiting the idea of nominating Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the next Director of National Intelligence, two sources told CNN.
Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration for the same job last year amid bipartisan concerns about his qualifications but the President now appears open to the idea of tapping him for the DNI job a second time.
Trump has spoken with Ratcliffe and another candidate, US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, about the DNI job in recent days, multiple sources said. These have been preliminary discussions and Trump could speak with additional potential nominees in the coming days.
As I reported at the time, Ratcliffe dropped out last time after his anti-terrorism credentials were exposed as fake.
Trump blames the press for looking into John Ratcliffe’s inflated resume pic.twitter.com/9L1nG0Zjsl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 2, 2019
Fun fact about Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe:
The plug was pulled on his being named Director of National Intelligence after it was discovered he *exaggerated* his resume.
Oh, and because he wasn’t qualified.https://t.co/7FKQyChlHz
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) November 13, 2019