Top US legislator slams Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief

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News ID: 45261
Publish Date: 9:55 - 23 February 2020
Tehran 23 February _Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has censured President Donald Trump’s decision this week to tap Richard Grenell as the acting director of national intelligence, comparing his inexperience to her being asked to perform brain surgery.

Top US legislator slams Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chiefTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)-It would be like sending me in for brain surgery, to do brain surgery on somebody. What?! Just doesn’t know the territory. And it’s very important territory. So what the president did is dangerous," Pelosi said during a Saturday press conference in Houston.

She joined other Democratic lawmakers in questioning Grenell's qualifications for the key intelligence role, considering that he has never served in a US spy agency.

Trump picked Grenell, a fervent defender of the US president who has served as American ambassador to Germany since 2018, for the role after the resignation of former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire last week.

Maguire's departure came after Trump was reportedly angered by legislators in both parties receiving a classified briefing last week about election security, including on the intelligence community's belief that Russia is already taking steps to again interfere in US elections and to help him win.

Pelosi further defended the need for members of Congress to receive regular intelligence briefings from the administration.

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