Most Americans had not heard of Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) before his question period during the recent Mueller hearing. The queries from Ratcliffe certainly earned the attention of Donald Trump who complimented the congressman over Twitter. Shortly after, the President announced his intention of nominate Ratcliffe as the Director of National Intelligence.
Democrats and at least one Republican were not impressed with the pick, claiming the Texas congressman did not have the right experience for the position. Today, Donald Trump announced the Ratcliffe will not be pursuing the position and will be returning to congress.
Trump stated that both the Democrats and the media had treated the congressman unfairly. He tweeted, “Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people.”
The President continued, “John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”
….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Ratcliffe also spoke about the decision. He said in a statement:
“I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve. However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue.”