President trades up with new DNI nomination — Ratcliffe in; Coats out!

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas., asks questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller, as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Asked what his worst mistake was not long ago, President Trump replied “probably personnel.”

His supporters like me were relieved to hear it because it meant the President was less likely to appoint Swamp dwellers like HR McMaster and Christopher Wray in the future.

The news that the president has named Texas congressman John Ratcliffe as his new Director of National Intelligence is a sign that the president has wakened to the fact that not all Republicans can be trusted.

Dan Coats, the current DNI, is just one more go-along-to-get-along backscratcher who was a Deep State spy in the White House more than the president’s chief spy guy.

Ratcliffe will be another kettle of fish altogether. His performance last week defending the president at the Mueller hearings was masterful. When joined with the new Homeland Security team on one side and the new attorney general on the other side, it looks like we can expect improved border security and pro-American policies across the board.

A little background on Ratcliffe as provided by Reuters:

A former U.S. attorney and mayor of Heath, Texas, a Dallas suburb, Ratcliffe has also worked at a law firm run by former attorney general John Ashcroft, a Missouri conservative. 

Ratcliffe joined Congress in 2015 and some Republican Party leaders had pushed for him to be named U.S. attorney general last year after Trump ousted Jeff Sessions from that role.

Best news of all? Democrats are afraid of him.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, criticized Trump’s choice, saying “it’s clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of … Mueller.

“If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake,” Schumer said in a statement.

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