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Trump drops pick for U.S. spy chief

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Trump drops pick for U.S. spy chief

Trump drops pick for U.S. spy chief

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had dropped his choice for spy chief, Representative John Ratcliffe, after questions about the congressman's lack of experience and possible exaggerations in his resume.

Jillian Kitchener has more.

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Trump drops pick for U.S. spy chief

EDITOR'S NOTE: RESENDING TO CLARIFY LINE TO 'CRITICS SAID IF CONFIRMED, HE WOULD HAVE WARPED U.S. INTELLIGENCE TO SUPPORT TRUMP'S VIEWS' President Trump’s pick for director of national intelligence — Congressman John Ratcliffe — has withdrawn his name from consideration... after questions about the Republican lawmaker's lack of experience and possible exaggerations in his resume.

Ratcliffe joins a long list of Trump nominees who have pulled out due to background issues.

Trump broke the news on Twitter Friday, claiming Ratcliffe is being treated unfairly by the media.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "He's an outstanding man.

And I asked him, I said 'do you want to go through this for two or three months or do you want me to maybe do something else.

He thought about it.

I said it's going to be rough.

I could see exactly where the press was going." Ratcliffe tweeted his response saying "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." Ratcliffe — a Trump loyalist who has served for six months on the House Intelligence Committee — came under fire for apparently having embellished his biography as a former prosecutor in Texas.

Critics said if confirmed he would have warped U.S. intelligence to support Trump’s views.

Just last month — Ratcliffe gained attention by slamming former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a hearing on the Russia probe.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RATCLIFFE, SAYING:"...The special counsel’s job—nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him.

It’s not in any of the documents.

It’s not in your appointment order..." Trump on Friday Tweeted he would be announcing his next nomination for Intelligence Chief “shortly.”




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