Pelosi Statement on Appointment of Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence

February 20, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump named Ambassador Richard Grenell Acting Director of National Intelligence, the second Acting Director named to the role during this Administration:

“Our troops, the patriots of our intelligence community and the American people deserve a smart, strong national security policy.  Sadly, President Trump has once again put his political interests ahead of America’s national security interests by appointing an Acting Director of National Intelligence whose sole qualification is his absolute loyalty to the President.  

“America needs an experienced, qualified and Senate-confirmed national security professional, particularly as the independence and credibility of the intelligence community have come under attack from the White House itself.  Once again, the President has shown his contempt for our Constitution’s system of checks and balances by sidestepping the Senate’s constitutional authority of confirmation with the installation of another Acting official that he knows cannot be confirmed even in a Republican-controlled Senate.”