President Donald Trump replaced former Acting Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats with longtime Trump ally and ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. The move came after Trump rebuffed Coats for announcing Russia's ongoing attempts to interfere in the 2020 election.
Grenell was deemed vastly unqualified for the position, to the point that officials had to assure Americans that the new Director of National Intelligence would be announced soon.
Trump said he was considering his longtime ally in Congress, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), for the position...but there's just one problem.
Despite his vocal—often theatrical—support of Trump in Congress, Collins doesn't want the position.
He's instead vying for a Georgia Senate seat and currently embroiled in a bitter primary with Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp late last year.
Collins ruled out talk of him replacing Grenell.
"This is not a job that interests me, at this time it's not one that I would accept because I'm running a Senate race down here in Georgia."
The Congressman repeatedly assured that he was one of the President's most fervent supporters, but wanted instead to focus on his Senate race.
This made things kind of embarrassing for the President.
@thedailybeast @WenWillRun Actually Collins said he couldn’t take the position because he has no intelligence.— jc331 (@jc331) 1582292818.0
@WordswithSteph Why would Doug Collins want to go in that revolving door? How long do he last? Then he loses his seat, he's not that stupid— Elisabeth D'Armiento (@Elisabeth D'Armiento) 1582295120.0
@thedailybeast Lol he sees the writing on the wall he wouldn’t have a job come 2021 if he takes it— Blah (@Blah) 1582292917.0
@thedailybeast Intelligence and Collins are not a good fit.— barbara fitz (@barbara fitz) 1582293041.0
@thedailybeast @MSignorile It’s the Trump White House. Any appointment is “short-lived.”— saratoga grandma (@saratoga grandma) 1582293289.0
@thedailybeast I doubt he’s saying he has no interest out of any sense of integrity or ethics so much as he knows h… https://t.co/CHjqKbVzcB— David Ferguson (@David Ferguson) 1582295570.0
@thedailybeast Daddies going to be mad that Dougie isn't doing what he wants him to do.— marlaine selip (@marlaine selip) 1582293439.0
@thedailybeast Wow; incredibly, he's smart enough to know it's definitely not going to end well ~ it never does!— Tunde Arogunmati (@Tunde Arogunmati) 1582293278.0
Looks like yet another potential Trump appointment has fallen apart.