President Donald Trump on Thursday evening, Aug. 8, announced Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon is resigning from her post.
“Sue Gordon is a great professional with a long and distinguished career. I have gotten to know Sue over the past 2 years and have developed great respect for her. Sue has announced she will be leaving on August 15, which coincides with the retirement of Dan Coats,” Trump tweeted.
Sue Gordon spent more than 25 years in the CIA before becoming second-in-command at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
“A new Acting Director of National Intelligence will be named shortly,” he added.
….coincides with the retirement of Dan Coats. A new Acting Director of National Intelligence will be named shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2019
The president last month announced Dan Coats would leave the post of Director of National Intelligence in mid-August.
President Trump’s pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday, after Democrats strongly criticized Ratcliffe’s partisanship, noting he was a vocal skeptic of former special counsel Mueller’s investigation.
Until then, lawmakers have privately and publicly urged Trump to put Sue Gordon, Coats’s No. 2, in charge once Coats steps down. President Trump told reporters Friday that “certainly she will be considered” for the acting director position.
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Gordon’s departure was confirmed following a meeting she had with Trump in the Oval Office.
For Coats’s permanent replacement, Trump told reporters he has a list of three people from the “intelligence world” whom he’ll review over the weekend, and “probably Monday I’ll give you an answer.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.