Trump nominates Notre Dame alumnus to be Director of National Intelligence for second time
Observer Staff Report | Saturday, February 29, 2020
President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday he is nominating Notre Dame alumnus Congressman John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
“Would have completed process earlier, but John wanted to wait until after IG Report was finished. John is an outstanding man of great talent!” Trump said in the tweet.
If successfully confirmed by the Senate, Ratcliffe will replace acting DNI Richard Grenell. Trump had previously indicated he wished to nominate Ratcliffe to the DNI post — vacant after former Indiana senator Dan Coates resigned from the role — last July. However, Ratcliffe withdrew from the nomination process after Republicans and Democrats alike voiced their concerns about his qualifications for the role.
Ratcliffe graduated from Notre Dame in 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies and the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators.