When the American people went to the polls in 2016, there were but a few key points on their minds.
First, they wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t be ruled by the same sort of Deep State deities that had been on top of the Washington heap for decades. They wanted something fresh and new and unpredictable.
President Trump gave America the choice to press that big red button that you’re not really supposed to push, and they smashed their fists down unto the breach until they were bloodied and bruised.
It was time for someone to come and drain the swamp, and Trump offered that.
Now, with his latest official appointment, the nation can once again witness his commitment to the effort.
The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Rep. John Ratcliffe as the next director of national intelligence.
Ratcliffe, R-Texas, was approved on a 49-44 vote. The installment comes as the intelligence community once again finds itself in the middle of a political firestorm, over whether Trump associates were improperly “unmasked” in intelligence reports during the latter days of the Obama administration.
Ratcliffe’s nomination was voted out of the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week on a party-line vote of 8-7, reflecting lingering partisan tensions over the post.
“The DNI’s role is crucial to our national security, and I look forward to working with Director Ratcliffe as he oversees the efforts of our nation’s 17 intelligence agencies,” acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement Thursday. “In a time when the threats to our nation are many and varied, it is critical to have a Senate-confirmed DNI ensuring the wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities, and working in the furtherance of our nation’s security using 21st century, cutting edge capabilities.”
Ratcliffe will certainly have his work cut out for him, particularly as the ObamaGate scandal continues to unfold.