The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the candidacy of the Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe for the post of Director of National Intelligence, media reports.
For his candidacy 49 senators voted for him, while 44 voted against him.
Director of National Intelligence – a key position in the U.S. administration, as he heads the entire American intelligence community. In addition, he must also serve as an adviser to the head of state.
Ratcliffe is a Republican, and since 2015 he’s been a member of the House of Representatives for Texas. Last year Trump already tried to make him head of the National Intelligence Agency, but then the congressman withdrew his candidacy, as many politicians criticized him for his virtually complete lack of experience in intelligence.
US President Donald Trump nominated Ratcliffe at the end of February this year.