Trump Loyalist Confirmed as Director of National Intelligence 

Posted on May 21, 2020 12:46 pm

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One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters is set to lead the country’s intelligence community, overcoming concerns about his experience and a bitter partisan divide to win Senate confirmation. 

The Senate voted 49 to 44, along party lines, Thursday to confirm Texas Representative John Ratcliffe as the next director of national intelligence and the U.S. intelligence community’s first permanent leader since former Director Dan Coats stepped down last August. 

During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Ratcliffe promised that he would deliver the president and top policymakers the “unvarnished truth” no matter what they wanted to hear. 

“What anyone wants the intelligence to reflect won’t impact the intelligence that I deliver,” Ratcliffe said at