President Trump announced Wednesday that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, in a move that has heartened conservatives eager for new leadership as a series of scandals have plagued the intelligence community.
Grenell, a Trump loyalist who has a large and active conservative following on Twitter, would take over from the current acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, amid the president's push to remove what he calls bad actors at the highest levels of the FBI and other agencies.
Maguire was required by law to leave the post of acting director of national intelligence within weeks. Grenell would become the first openly gay Cabinet member in history upon his selection by the president...
....for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
Grenell's willingness to stand up to allies and adversaries alike won him numerous supporters, including many commentators who quickly praised his promotion.