Richard Grenell, current Ambassador to Germany was appointed as the Director of National Intelligence. There is a conflict as to Grenell’s ostensible lack of intelligence experience in the role, but that conflict is primarily split down party lines.
The New York Times stated regarding Grenell, “[he] has little intelligence experience and has never run a large bureaucracy. Before he was dispatched to Berlin, he worked as a public affairs consultant and commentator for Fox News. Before that, he was a communications official in President George W. Bush’s administration… [He] has been an aggressive public cheerleader for Mr. Trump, fiercely and frequently defending him on Fox News and on social media. That appears to be the qualification that truly matters to this president — especially when it comes to overseeing an intelligence community that Mr. Trump has always believed has been out to get him…”
Editorial Board, New York Times
Acting DNI Grenell a ‘Hack and a Shill’ — ‘One of the Most Nasty, Dishonest People I’ve Ever Encountered.’Susan Rice
Grenell, holding a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard, and years of government service, is more than qualified to lead the helm.
“There have been five Senate-confirmed DNIs since the job was created. Only two of them (Admiral Mike McConnell and James Clapper) came from the IC. The first DNI — John Negroponte — was a career diplomat and ambassador who went on to be deputy secretary of state. Another, Admiral Dennis Blair, came out of the Surface Navy and was a former commander of the United States Pacific Command. The latest DNI was Dan Coates, a well-respected Senator who had been a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The point is that DNIs come from a number of different backgrounds… [Grenell] has years of international experience at both the U.N. and as ambassador to Germany, as well as in private life. In those capacities, he has had ample opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses of the IC.”Jim Talent, National Review