John Ratcliffe Out As Intelligence Chief Nominee, Trump Says

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President Donald Trump on Friday said that his pick for director of national intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), will not proceed with the confirmation process, blaming “the LameStream Media.”

Trump tweeted Friday that he persuaded Ratcliffe to avoid “months of slander and libel,” saying that Ratcliffe had been “treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” and it would be “miserable… to deal with these people.”

Ratcliffe had been Trump’s pick to replace outgoing DNI director Dan Coats, whose resignation Trump announced on Sunday.

The Texas congressman, a fierce defender of Trump, faced criticism for a lack of experience in national security.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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