Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Tx.) is no longer being considered the job of Director of National Intelligence. Donald Trump blamed the media. From Politico.
“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people … John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country.”
But in fact, it was many Repulibcans who doubted Ratcliffe’s qualifications. From Axios:
“Ratcliffe withdrew himself. He was watching coverage of his possible nomination pile up, and the White House was getting word that he would struggle to get enough Republicans to confirm him. Ratcliffe “thought better to pull out now than put family through confirmation only to come up shy,” texted a source familiar with his thinking.“
But there were also questions about his resume.
Ratcliffe became known to Trump after the Texas Congressman strongly defended the president during the Mueller hearings.