Trump Names New Acting Intelligence Director
By Staff, Agencies
US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his respected Deputy Director of National Intelligence was resigning, the latest chapter in a broad reshuffle at the top of the country's spy agencies.
Sue Gordon spent a quarter-century in the CIA before becoming second-in-command to outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and was in line to serve as acting director.
"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," Trump said on Twitter.
He further added: "Sue has announced she will be leaving on August 15, which coincides with the retirement of Dan Coats.”
Minutes later Trump tweeted that Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy vice-admiral and the current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), would replace Gordon.
"I have no doubt he will do a great job!" Trump said.
Trump praised the 67-year-old's "long and distinguished" military career, during which he served as commanding officer of SEAL Team 2 and led the Naval Special Warfare Center.
But the departure of another seasoned, independent-minded senior official in Gordon will be seen as a blow to an intelligence community already uneasy about Coats leaving.
Gordon enjoyed support on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, but critics say Trump is suspicious of career officials in an establishment he has long hoped to reshape in his own image.
Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described Gordon's departure as "a real loss" to the intelligence community and the country.