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‘This Should Frighten You’: Experts Sound Alarm As Trump Installs Twitter Troll As Intel Chief

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‘This Should Frighten You’: Experts Sound Alarm As Trump Installs Twitter Troll As Intel Chief




Legal experts and journalists sounded the alarm on Wednesday after The New York Times reported that President Trump has told advisers he plans to install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of Trump, as the acting Director of National Intelligence.

As acting DNI, a position which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

As Politico notes: “Grenell has long used his personal Twitter account to attack critics or otherwise opine — well before he joined Trump’s team. His use of Twitter, while reminiscent of Trump, has upset U.S. diplomats who say he may be violating State Department rules governing ambassadors’ use of their personal accounts.”



During his tenure as spokesman for the U.S. delegation at the U.N. members of the press corps described Grenell in 2003, as “rude,” “arrogant,” “unbearable,” and a “bully.”

The Intercept notes: “Rather than engage in dialogue, Grenell uses the platform to badger reporters whose work he dislikes to the point where many eventually tire of his inane arguments and block him.”

Here’s how some experts, journalists and Senators are reacting to news of Grenell’s appointment:











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