US President Donald Trump has said that four candidates are being considered for the US Director of National Intelligence post. The president added that a final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
Four great candidates are under consideration at DNI. Decision within next few weeks!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2020
Earlier this week, Trump appointed US Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy admiral who was appointed last August.
The US envoy to Germany has substantial government experience but does not have an obvious background for a position in intelligence.
In August 2019, then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stepped down from the position following several disagreements with Trump over assessments involving Russia, Iran and North Korea.