President Trump’s appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) drew immediate criticism that the president was more interested in installing a loyalist than a candidate with deep experience in the intelligence community.

“It appears the President has selected an individual *without any intelligence experience* to serve as the leader of the nation’s intelligence community in an acting capacity,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted. Grenell replaces Joseph Maguire as acting DNI, a role Maguire assumed after DNI Dan Coats departed in August. 

“I am gravely concerned by the selection of Richard Grenell, an individual who not only lacks substantive IC experience but, by all accounts, rose to prominence in the Trump Administration because of his personal devotion to Donald Trump and penchant for trolling the President’s perceived enemies on Twitter as the Acting DNI at this critical time,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement.

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