The leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate of both parties responded with dismay on Sunday to news that National Co-director Dan Coats had resigned.
The Democrats condemned Trump's election to replace him with news for the safety of America. "
Across the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was" very sorry to hear of it "Republican Texas MP John Ratcliffe succeeds Coats.
"It is clear that MP Ratcliffe was selected because he was blindly loyal to President Trump when he demagogically questioned former Special Adviser Robert Mueller," Schumer said Sunday. "If the Republicans of the Senate bring such a partisan to a position requiring intelligence expertise and impartiality, that would be a big mistake."
Coats, himself a former Indiana senator, is highly respected by senators on both sides of the United States. McConnell lamented his departure at a time of growing international tensions.
"Under the leadership of Director Coats, our agencies have taken better control of the malicious behavior of Russia, China, and other opponents such as Iran and the North," McConnell said. "Director Coats pushed for greater coordination in the community's approach to some of their most difficult and sensitive collection targets." The successor to Coats must put patriotism before politics and remember that his oath is to protect the Constitution and the American people, not the president.
Ratcliffe, 53, is a relative freshman in Congress. He was elected to the Eastern District of Texas in 201
North Carolina Republican Mark Walker praised Trump's election and said, "I can not think of a better candidate for the post of National Intelligence Director than John Ratcliffe, the only thing stronger than his justification is his character."