05:51 GMT06 April 2020
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    On Wednesday, President Trump named Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, as the next acting director of national intelligence who will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy vice admiral.

    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.

    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.

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